The Raiders this week presented the Tom Flores High School Coach of the Year Award for 2017 to Kennedy High of Richmond’s George Jackson Jr.
Two Raiders rookies – defensive tackle Treyvon Hester and tackle Jylan Ware –and the Raiderettes paid a visit to Kennedy High School to congratulate the football team and present Coach Jackson with a check during a presentation that took place on the football field.
Coach Jackson has been a vital part of the turnaround at Kennedy High that has led to back-to-back nine win seasons. Following a string of 28 consecutive losing seasons, Kennedy High has made it to the Division 4 CIF Playoffs each of the past two years.
Jackson, a Richmond native, has led his players off the field as well as he continues to impart to his student-athletes that academics and a family atmosphere is what is leading them to greatness.
Named after two-time Super Bowl winning Coach Tom Flores, the Tom Flores High School Coach of the Week program promotes high school football, giving high school coaches and teams the recognition that they deserve.
Ten local football coaches were bestowed as the Tom Flores High School Coach of the Week in 2017 and received a $1,000 donation to the school’s football program from the Raiders and the NFL Foundation as well as $1,000 worth of Gatorade product from Gatorade.
Last year, Warren Keller from Fremont’s California School for the Deaf, was named Tom Flores High School Coach of the Year after his Eagles finished the year with a record of 11-2.