Superstar NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, now an Oakland Raider, is finding creative ways to give back to his home city.
Per several sources, Lynch has been offering free hair cuts at his store in downtown Oakland to kids with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Now the store will offer them every Wednesday.
Lynch offered the free haircuts for the first time in February, per the Mercury News. He did it again four days after that and it was a hit ever since.
“He’ll see some kids walking down the street and he’ll say, ‘Hey, come here! What do your grades look like? How is your report card?” Brije Gammage, the director of events for Lynch’s charitable foundation, told the News.
“And the kids are like, ‘What?” He’s good at startling people.”
“Doing haircut means changing lives,” added Victoria Thompson, a hairstylist and Oakland native. “It’s impacting the futures of young men and women, helping them feel confident in their day and confident in getting better.”
Actually, the store has been a hit since it first opened in February 2015, and people were lining around the block to get in. Lynch opened a second location, in Seattle, last September.
The Beast Mode flagship store also serves as kind of a capitol building for the Fam 1st Family Foundation, a charity that focuses on mentoring children. It was founded by Lynch and New York Giants backup QB Josh Johnson, and has grown to include Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Oakland.
Lynch, 30, will suit up for the Oakland Raiders after signing a two-year deal in May worth $9 million, with $7.5 million more in incentives.
Over 10 NFL seasons Lynch has rushed for over 9,000 yards and scored 74 TDs with Seattle and Buffalo. In five of those years he was named to the Pro Bowl.
Source: Mercury News · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency