Marshawn Lynch has made sure to stay active in retirement, especially in Oakland. On Friday, the Oakland Roots Sports Club announced that Lynch has joined the club’s ownership group. According to the release, the Oakland native joins Oakland Roots as an owner and partner on a new initiative to bring financial literacy and freedom to Oakland families.
Here’s what Lynch had to say about the amazing news.
“Growing up in The Town, we always could count on the pro teams in this area but with most of those ones that I grew up with gone, I knew the minute I heard about the opportunity to join Oakland Roots, it wasn’t just something I wanted to do, it was something I had to do.
“Giving kids in my home town a pro soccer club and players to look up to and a team that this community and city can get hella excited about was something I had to get down with. And then, you layer in the commitment they are making to this city through all our grassroots efforts, the partnership with Goalsetter, just reassured and told me that the organization isn’t just talking about creating change, but really being about that action and making shit happen.”
According to the website, Oakland Roots was launched in 2019 with the Purpose “to harness the magic of Oakland and the power of sports as a force for social good”. With the platform they’re given, the club is committed towards working on advancing social justice through advocacy, creating and supporting ‘athlete activists’ and investing in initiatives like the club’s Justice Fund to support causes at the intersection of race and gender justice.
Here’s a statement from the Roots co-founder and CMO, Edreece Arghandiwal.
“From the start, we have tried to build an ownership group that was excited about more than just pro sports, but also about Oakland and our Purpose. We couldn’t be more proud to welcome someone who has long been an inspiration to Oaklanders and all of us at Roots. Who Marshawn is and what he represents means so much to the community and the greater Bay Area. He has always been about the action and he is exactly the type of person who can help us realize our vision for giving back to the city we all love.”