Crystal Ackers, Raiderette Lupita Romero,
and Christina Alvernaz at the Jr. Raiderette Workshop. Lupita and Crystal's
mother Lisa works with
Tony at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
again The Junior Raiderette Program kicked off at the Raiders
Training Facility in Alameda on August 17th and I have to say that this was the best year ever!
there were only 100 Juniors enrolled in the program as opposed to previous years
where there were more than 300! One of the declining factors may have been due
to the increase in enrollment fees. The fees were considerably higher this year BUT, when you have 300
young girls AND their
parents, well, you can only imagine how unmanageable that was! So believe
me, the fee hike was well worth it in the end. (no matter how
much I complained about it!)
Some of the perks
this year included REAL uniforms, more dance clinics with the Raiderettes, more dance
techniques taught by Raiderette Choreographers, Karen Kovac and Shawna
Zimmerman, more personal time with the Raiderettes, TWO game
AND, this year some of the Junior participants included Rich Gannon and Marc
Trestman's daughters, and many of the Raiderettes daughters as well.
Rich Gannon, with his daughters at the Raiders vs. Titans
Photo by Lisa Coelho
Raider's Offensive Coordinator, Marc
Trestman with his daughters, Tony,
Christina at one of the workshop clinics in Alameda.
perk this year included a sneak peek into the Raiders locker-room! We
snuck in while the Raiders were in Pittsburgh getting ready to play
the Steelers! It was sooo exciting! Take a
inside my Raiders Scrapbook.
with Raiders Wide Receivers Coach,
Christina sporting her Tim
Brown Jersey, with Raiderette Director, Mary Barnes