Mendoza and nine other high school students from Oakland, Calif., can credit the Oakland Raiders’ two-time All-Pro cornerback, who funds and plans the annual Asomugha College Tour through the East Oakland Youth Development Center.
Both the person and place are steeped in history: Asomugha became the league’s highest-paid defensive back ever after signing a three-year deal in February that guarantees him $28.5 million, and the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) was founded 36 years ago by former Clorox Company chairman Robert Shetterly.
The center serves as an after-school program for all Oakland youths and their families, and also offers summer programs. There are classes on creative writing, computer, cooking, dance, music, as well as field trips and physical education. There is a track club, rowing team, youth basketball league and karate classes.
The age of kids and young adults using the center currently ranges from 4 to 24, and there also is job training, education and computer services for adults during the day.
Oh, and all of the programs are free.
Asomugha is a great guy...
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