EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) – All-Pro Wide receiver and Bay Area native Davante Adams returned to its roots on Monday to give back to local children.
Adams partnered with Optimum Nutrition to donate outdoor fitness equipment to Jack Farrell Park in East Palo Alto, the town where he grew up.
Optimum Nutrition’s “Building Better Lives” initiative aims to improve access to fitness in underserved communities, a mission that Adams says hits close to home.
“If I had something like that when I was young, obviously things worked out, but I would have had an even better opportunity to show my talent or work on my game or just keep fit in general. It’s a great program and I’m really happy to be a part of it,” Adams said.
Adams is preparing for his 9th season in the NFL playing for a new team: the Las Vegas Raiders. After playing the first eight seasons of his career in Green Bay, Adams signed a massive silver-and-black deal in one of the most surprising trades of the offseason.
While many didn’t identify Vegas as a likely destination for Adams, he says it was a natural fit. Most of his friends and family are already Raiders fans, and he played with quarterback Derek Carr at Fresno State. Adams says the two have remained close.
“Just two guys who are real friends and it’s been like that for almost a decade now so time flies but I’m glad we can connect before we stop. Obviously we have both have a lot to do and we look forward to continuing to do our best work,” Adams said.
Adams believes the chemistry will translate to the football field. He also says he’s had great conversations with new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels, and Adams is looking forward to getting to know everyone in the organization.
For more information on Optimum Nutrition’s Building Better Lives initiative: https://onbuildingbetterlives.com/