Weston Ranch High School Color Guard (Stockton, CA) presented the Colors at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum:
On October 6, 2013, in front of a nationally televised audience on Sunday Night football in America, the Weston Ranch High School Color Guard (Stockton, CA) presented the Colors at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, as the home team Oakland Raiders had one of their biggest wins against their state AFC Rivals the San Diego Chargers.
SFC (Retired) Sal Reyes coordinated this event through the local California National Guard marketing specialist SFC Curtis Hayes. SFC Reyes and Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Mike Cerezo escorted the cadets to this event were they performed flawlessly in front of a sold out crowd.
Prior to the event all of the cadets were treated to a free all you can eat tailgate bar b-q dinner at the Raider Fan time experience outside of the stadium.
“It was a huge surprise. It was overwhelming,” Weston Ranch JROTC co-instructor Sal Reyes said of the invitation.
“This program has never been involved in anything like that. It was quite a surprise.”
However, the excitement was erased by a sobering realization: The game would begin when most of the cadets would already be in bed.
The game with the San Diego Chargers was originally scheduled for a 1:25 p.m. kickoff. However, with the Oakland A’s hosting an American League Divisional Series game at O.co Coliseum tonight, the NFL was forced to push back the AFC West rivalry game.
Instead, the AFC West rivalry will kick off at 8:30 in a rare late-night start.
A local recruiter nominated the color guard for the honor after watching a recent performance.
“I almost told them no,” said Reyes, a retired Sgt. First Class in the U.S. Army. “Me and the Colonel talked about it, though, and decided this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As long as we got the parents’ permission and we had transportation, we decided, ‘Let’s get out there.’ ”
The two have placed an emphasis on community outreach within the Manteca District and the surrounding community’s. The hope is that opportunities like Sunday’s partnership with the California National Guard and the Oakland Raiders will be a regular occurrence.
We’ve been working with them, “… There’s a lot more involvement and the program is more motivated.
The cadets attending Sunday’s game are: CADET SGM Tyler Chavez, CADET CPT Christian Parcasio, CADET CPT Jeremy De La Serda, CADET SFC James Jennings and XO CSM Daniel Navarrette, BN CSM STEVEN TOLEDO.
Immediately after the game I received a phone call from the Oakland Raiders once more inviting our program to present the colors on December 6, 2013, when the Oakland Raiders host another AFC Rival KC Chief.
The cadets were escorted to the game once again by SFC Reyes. I really believe that a new tradition has begun at Weston Ranch, between me and LTC Cerezo, we have dedicated our personal time and efforts for these kids, because we cannot fail them and they rely on use to be here for them. Cadets that attended this event were XO Maj Daniel Navarette, BC Sherylley Lomboy, CSM Steven Toledo, CPT Ashley Thitphaneth, CPT Alfredo Martinez.
Comments from the Cadets:
Tyler Chavez- Presenting the colors for the fans at the Raiders game was amazing and a memorable experience.
Sherylley Lomboy- "It was a great honor to present the colors at a professional NFL game. Never would I ever think I would be given the opportunity to do such a thing, but SFC Reyes blessed me with the opportunity to do so, and I thank him endlessly because this experience was definitely one for the books. Only a select few are able to say that they were fortunate enough to present the colors in front of an entire stadium full of football fans."
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