The Oakland Raiders found themselves a gem in Rod Streater, who was signed as an undrafted free agent and has grown into one of their best receivers. Not only was Streater a steal for the Raiders when it comes to his talents on the field, he also exemplifies the kind of high character person that general manager Reggie McKenzie has been trying to add to the team’s roster. Not long ago, Streater began what he calls “Motivation Monday” on Twitter, where he encourages his followers to share motivational stories from their lives to help encourage others. He shares stories about things he has overcome in his life as well.
Now, Streater has launched the Rod Streater Foundation. According to Streater, the goal is to “promote healthy lifestyles, technology, culture and the arts.” The foundation launched with a special trip for Oakland school students to the Chabot Space and Science Center. The foundation was created to provide these kinds of educational experiences for students who attend schools that cannot afford to send students on such field trips. As Streater explained, he wants to “Just take a group of kids out and go on adventures together.”
Streater plans on starting with students from Oakland since this is where he now lives and works, but also wants to expand the program so he can reach more kids. “It’s a program that I can take anywhere since I can go out in Oakland, where I work and live, and I’m also from Jersey so I plan to take kids out in Jersey somewhere.”
But the best part about Streater’s foundation is that he plans on being intimately involved:
The idea is for me to be there. A lot of foundations write checks and just let it go. I want to be actually there on hand and see the effect my foundation is having on people. I’m really hands on and I get to see and take the kids wherever I want to go and be hands on.
So while the Raiders are lucky to have a guy who can catch the ball and move the chains on Sundays, the community of Oakland is lucky to have a guy who wants to help out the underprivileged youth when he isn’t busy scoring touchdowns for the Silver and Black.