Why the Raiders Game Mattered

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Leading up to the game, I heard it called the “Toilet Bowl”  and the “Someone’s got to Win Bowl.”  I admit, I got a little demoralized before the game, expecting to watch terrible football with a bunch of silver and black fans with painted faces screaming profanity and being belligerent.  I was so wrong on both counts.  The game was epic!  First of all, Nick Mullens, our 3rdstring QB shined. Of course, we had an advantage that the Raiders didn’t have tape to study.  But he came out strong, showing the hard work he had put in during practice had paid off.  Did you know he literally got verified on Twitter during the game?  Hilarious.  Then we had Raheem Mostert, who is a LOTE supporter, always happy to sign items for us at the 49ers Academy Cocktails and Couture.  He’s a running back – had three huge plays, including a 53 yard run and a touchdown.  Yay!! These two players, once underdogs, had a great game, which reconnected many of us to the team.

I can’t say much for the Raiders, especially their defense (ugh!), but I have high praise for their fans. I think fans of both sides were feeling a bit disenfranchised from our teams before the game.  My husband and I did some tailgate hopping and were frequently welcomed with “Good luck Bay Area” by Raiders fans.  We spread that through the parking lot and to the fans visiting our beautiful stadium.  All were courteous and kind.  Considering both of our records this season, I think we were there for the love of football and not the rivalry.

So, in conclusion, we saw the 49ers dominate, winning 34-3, we cheered for players that we don’t usually hear on the loud speaker who played great and we didn’t lament about our star QB or star RB going out early in the season.  I believe the Raiders were a good comparator to help us define what bad football looks like.  With respect to the Raider nation, your team didn’t look good.  But for that I thank you, because I left that game with new hope for our beloved 49ers.

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This time of year, we typically focus on being thankful for our friends and family. Equally as important, we need to take time to care for ourselves.  Although we had some rain, the wildfires in Northern and Southern California degraded our air quality severely.  The Golden Heart Fund 4.9k and half marathon at Levis Stadium was cancelled due to the heavy smoke.

The effects on our skin and lungs can be drastic.  Our breathing became shallow during that time, out of instinct.  Please take time out of your day to breathe deeply, allowing your lymph to move.  Shallow breathing stagnates our lymph which can lead to other health problems.  For your skin, please read this article on how to care for yourself after breathing in and being exposed to all that congested air: A HOLISTIC GUIDE TO YOUR HEALTH AFTER THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

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Who has inspired you the most on your path to the NFL and who has inspired you the most in life?

My mentor Bob Sperling taught me how to be a man and how to handle my business at a crucial age, when I was living in Chicago. He helped keep me out of trouble. So he definitely inspires me.

What is your proudest accomplishment on the field and off the field?

My proudest accomplishment so far has to be earning a contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers. I’m very excited to have a chance to extend my career in a great place.

What was one of the greatest adversities or barriers you had to overcome to get where you are now?

Moving to Chicago from Jamaica was one of the biggest transitions in my life. I definitely experienced some culture shock! It was very hard to adjust to the American school system and my neighborhood in Chicago. I’m glad that I found football, which set me on the path to go to a great school and start a great career.
In your opinion, who is the greatest NFL player of all time? Why? Which play stands out vividly in your memory?
I didn’t watch football as a child, unless you’re talking about soccer! However, I did watch the Bears when I was in high school, and I think Robbie Gould is one of the greats. I’ll never forget his game-winning field goal for the 49ers last season at Soldier Field — it was pretty special to be a part of that.
Off the field, you and Rachel serve the community and have formed your own non-profit Foundation. Could you tell us the name of your organization and describe your mission and vision.
Shortly after I got drafted, I started the Laken Tomlinson Foundation with a goal of increasing access to mental health care services for families in Detroit.

Why is supporting mental health important to you?

I graduated from Duke with majors in Psychology and Evolutionary Anthropology, and my wife is a clinical psychology graduate student. As you might expect, we think a lot about mental health and related issues. Unfortunately, between difficulties with insurance and availability of providers, it can be hard for people in the community to access the care they need. I hope to one day make a difference in this area.
How can LOTE members support your non-profit Foundation?
Look out for us in the future! Hopefully through LOTE we can make connections that help get us closer to our goal.
Name one thing that makes you roll on the floor with laughter.
My dogs always make me laugh. I have two golden retrievers, Douglas and Daisy, and they are both total goofs. Douglas is so sweet but never has any idea what’s going on, and Daisy will absolutely wipe out in pursuit of food. They’re pretty great!
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If you’ve been a 49er fan for any length of time, you’ve heard the story of “The Catch”,  the play that helped the 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC title game of 1982 and ultimately led to the team’s first Super Bowl victory. The player responsible for the catch was Dwight Clark. It is the stuff of legends, a football play that changed the momentum of a game, and went down in history as one of the most famous plays of all times.

We lost Dwight this June, to ALS, a disease he has been battling for years.  The 49ers are honoring this legendary player in a number of ways this season. The most visible is a new statue that was unveiled on Oct 21st at Leviʻs Stadium.  Located near Gate A, it features both Dwight Clark and Joe Montana, frozen in time just as the catch is made.  The statue weighs 350 pounds, and the figures of Dwight and Joe are placed 23 yards apart – the exact distance the two players were at during the famous play.

Next Time you are at Levi’s Stadium, take a moment to wander over and take a look at this epic play frozen in time.

Additionally, for the game against the Rams, Dwightʻs jersey number (87) was painted in the grass of the north end zone.  It was placed approximately at the spot Dwight was at when he made “The Catch”.


Dwight Clarkʻs charity of choice was the Golden Heart Fund, which is focused on providing financial, medical, or emotional support to ex-49ers. They help former players adapt to a life after football.  On November 18th, the Golden Heart Run is taking place at Leviʻs Stadium, to help raise money for the fund.

Here’s a chance to join with other 49er fans to do a 4.9K or a half-marathon in and around Leviʻs Stadium !  There is a kid’s fun run too !  If you’ve every wanted to be down on the field, here is your chance, as the race ends on the 49 yard line, inside the Stadium.  Who knows, you may end up running next to a 49er Alumni!  For tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/49ers-golden-heart-run-tickets-47432397578

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On the evening of September 27th, for the third year in a row, Ladies of the Empire attended the amazing Cocktails and Couture event to benefit the 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto. The event was hosted by Carolyn Chaikovsky at her beautiful home in Woodside. The 49er Academy provides under-served, low income students with the resources, resources and support services they need to achieve academic success in middle school, high school and beyond. Once again, Dennis Brown, 49er Alumni, and all-around great guy, was there to welcome ladies to the event with a glass of bubbles. The models included Mandy Shanahan, Raheem & Dominique Mostert, Deforest & Ashlyn Buckner, Pierre Garcon, Dante Pettis, and the amazing Alumni Duo, Steve and Tina Bono. Keena Turner and his lovely wife, Linda also graced the runway this year. The wine flowed, the music bumped, laughter echoed and beauty, in grace, heart and appearance shined everywhere. Our LOTE attendees this year were Oona Smith, Monique Morales, Razya Pollock, Denahi Crawford, Canan Sonuk and Cindy Robins. Each year our squad gets a little larger. We sure hope to see you there next year, ladies.

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“Dear Cat,

I want to thank you so much for giving me 49er tickets. My dad and I had so much fun! This was my first football game! And for our team to win was just the best. Also the seats we had were perfect, and we were able to see the whole field. The weather was also perfect. I had so much fun. This was a great way for me and my dad to hang out. My dad would also love to thank you for giving us this opportunity to go. He had lots of fun. That day was honestly one of my favorite days this summer, and I want to thank you again for that!

Sincerely,

Lauren Aguilar”

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“Dear Ms. Tate,

Thank you so much for the 49er tickets. My dad and I had so much fun! We were the first ones in line to go into the stadium, that is how stoked we were to go see the Niners win!!

Once we got into the stadium, we went to the museum and it was amazing! My favorite part of the museum as the life size statues of the players that made it to the Hall of Fame. We probably took like 100 pictures!

During the game, Breida #22 ran 65 yards to make a touch down – that was shocking! The final score was 30 to 27, and we won! Thanks again for giving me and my dad the tickets for the 49ers game. We will never forget this game.

Sincerely,

Julian Oropeza”

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Stacy Kimble has been a football fan her entire life, specifically the 49ers.  She cannot remember a time when she was not a diehard Niners fan as she grew up in a house of fans.  Stacy’s all-time favorite players are Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. When asked why, Stacy said “They are the GOATs, I miss seeing them play…they were quite the pair.” We also talked about her prediction for the Niners this year and her response was “We will win our conference for sure and might even go to the Super Bowl.  We have a GREAT team this year.  Jimmy G has the potential to be another Joe Montana.”  We then talked about LOTE specifically and why she chose to join, Stacy said, “It means a lot to me.  It means being a part of something greater than me.  I like everything that LOTE represents because it aligns with my love of football, my personal values and gives me the opportunity to give back in many ways.”  Stacy works two jobs and dedicates her free time to volunteering.  She is a huge supporter of the NFL Alumni and you will see her volunteering in their events throughout the year as well as supporting many other organizations, including LOTE.  Stacy and her wife Tammy married this year on Valentine’s Day, but have been together for 25 years.  They share their home with their cat “Babygirl”.  Thank you for being a part of the LOTE family.  Go Niners!!!

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 27and join LOTE for Cocktails & Couture — the San Francisco 49ers Academy’s annual “Girls’ Night Out” fundraising extravaganza! Men are welcome to join as well.  The event features premium cocktails & wine tasting, delectable hors-d’oeuvres, shopping for a cause with chic fashion boutiques, and a trendsetting fashion show featuring the ladies of the 49ers!

Cocktails & Couture attracts empowered and influential Bay Area women. They come together to sip, celebrate and raise funds for the San Francisco 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit http://49ersacademy.org/couture/

The Academy provides adolescent students with a community of support that empowers them to be engaged in school, to reach their full potential, and achieve academic and personal success in middle school, high school and beyond.   The organization is embedded within the public school system, allowing their dedicated team to provide services and programming directly at school sites. Because they are in schools all day –  every day, they see the unique needs of each student and partner with teachers and the community to address them. By providing students with the resources, relationships, and support services they need, the 49ers Academy is changing lives–one student at a time!

If you are unable to attend the event, but want to contribute to this incredible organization, please visit http://49ersacademy.org/to learn more about donation, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

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In his rookie year, 2017, DB Adrian Colbert played in 14 games, racking up impressive stats; 32 tackles, 2 FFs, 1 FR and 5 PDs, while adding 6 special teams tackles.  Fans quickly took notice when #38 (turned in his rookie number for #27 this year) stepped onto the field anticipating a great defensive play.  Contributing to the excitement generated during the latter part of last season, fans cannot wait to see what he accomplishes on the field this year.

Why LOTE loves him

Not only is Colbert an amazing athlete, he also naturally aligns with LOTE’s mission to make a positive impact through education, support, and hard work on underserved communities and for those of any gender overcoming adversity.  He personally overcame adversity and has a long history of paying it forward through dedicating his time and resources to the community.  When he was 9, he suffered a life-threatening injury after being hit by a car.  Upon his recovery, his family moved to a new city that did not feel like home.  He found comfort with the Clarke family who loved and supported him alongside his family, encouraging him to continue to work hard and become the elite athlete he is today.  Colbert attended the Ladies of the Empire annual mixer last year.  He was so fun, approachable and engaging. He left a lasting impression with everyone who attended.  While at the mixer, Colbert donated to our fundraising efforts and encouraged others to do the same throughout the evening.  When Colbert was interviewed by the 49ers he stated “My cause is Social Equality…I want to help make a positive change the world and find a solution to the issues I dealt with growing up.”

Colbert is an amazing person with a huge charitable heart and incredible skills on the field which is why we love him being a part of the 49ers family and we look forward to cheering for #27 for many seasons to come.

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