The Super Bowl is one of the most talked about sporting events in America. But the Monday after the Super Bowl, the California Knights of Columbus had an event that was even more important to some inner-city kids. Joined by representatives of the Supreme Council and Football Hall of Famers, the California Knights of Columbus distributed coats to the students of an inner-city Catholic grammar school in San Francisco called Our Lady of Visitation School.
Sponsored by Knights of Columbus, the Raiders Foundation, the Jack and Linda Del Rio Foundation, Catholic Athletes for Christ, and the Muñoz Foundation, this event was a huge success. Through the event, more than 270 students at Our Lady of the Visitation school received new coats. There were many prominent Knights of Columbus at the event, such as members of the Church of the Visitation Council 12683, California Supreme Director Jim Scroggin, Supreme Advocate John Marrella, California State Deputy Ed Huestis and Past State Deputy Ray Warriner.
It was extremely rewarding for the Knights of Columbus and everyone involved to provide coats for these children. The children will now be warm for the winter, and the Knights believe they have had another strong impact on the children as well. The Knights of Columbus were able to show the children an example of athletes embracing their faith by serving their community. For the students and teachers at Our Lady of the Visitation, this event was a great way to see people putting their Christian views into practice and helping others.
The Football Hall of Famers involved included Dave Casper of the Oakland raiders, Anthony Muñoz of the Cincinnati Bengals, Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio and his wife Linda, and a number of current NFL players and coaches. Many Oakland Raiders coaches took part in the event, including Ken Norton, Jr., Nick Holz, Sal Sunseri, Rod Woodson, Jake Peetz, Rob Moore, Bill Musgrave, and Todd Downing. The Raiders players who were involved were Andre Homes, Giorgio Tavecchio, Austin Howard, George Atkinson III, and Taiwan Jones.
These children weren’t the only people who have received coats courtesy of the Knights of Columbus. This winter, the organization distributed 78,576 coats in 1,600 communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. This included events at military bases, at inner-city neighborhoods, in Native American communities, and through partnerships with local police departments. The program began in 2009, and since then, over 310,000 coats have been distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada.