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Marshawn Lynch to host Bay Area charity weekend

Marshawn Lynch

Hot off the heels of cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game for charity at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium, running back Marshawn Lynch will host a star-studded community benefit of his own in his hometown of Oakland, Calif.

The Seahawks’ “Beast Mode” back and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson – Lynch’s cousin – will put on a three-day event in support of their Fam 1st Family Foundation at Oakland Technical High School, where both Lynch and Johnson attended.

The action kicks off on Thursday, July 11 with their second annual talent show for youth ages 4-18 who submitted videos showcasing their skills to Lynch’s foundation. Twelve entries were chosen to participate in Thursday’s live show in front of a panel of celebrity judges. Cash prizes, a scholarship to the Art Institute of San Francisco, autographed jerseys, gift baskets and more will be presented to first-, second-, and third-place finishers. Tickets to Thursday’s event will be sold at the door – $5 for youth ages 5-17 and $10 for ages 18 and up.

On Friday, July 12, Lynch and Johnson will entertain a family bowling night at Albany Bowl in Albany, Calif. Tickets for Friday’s event supporting Lynch’s foundation are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, if available.

The Bay Area celebration culminates on Saturday, July 13, back at Oakland Tech where Lynch and Johnson will put on the seventh annual Fam 1st Family Youth Football Camp. The free camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will give 600+ youth the chance to work with professional athletes on their football skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, and how to better themselves off the field. Registration closed off last month, but Lynch’s charity website notes they will be accepting day-of-camp applications.