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Raiders Gift Special Olympian with Super Bowl Tickets

The Las Vegas Raiders punter AJ Cole surprised a Special Olympics athlete with Super Bowl tickets.

The Las Vegas Raiders punter AJ Cole surprised a Special Olympics Nevada athlete with Super Bowl tickets as part of his longtime dedication and support to the Special Olympics.

Raiderettes Kylee and Tatiana were present with Special Olympics athlete Sandra as she received the news in person on Tuesday.

Cole congratulated Sandra via video as she received a pair of tickets to the big game, round-trip airfare, a two-night hotel stay, and ground transportation for the weekend for her and a guest.

Along with the tickets, Sandra was given a bag of Raiders-branded items, including Silver and Black apparel and luggage for her Super Bowl LVII weekend in Arizona.

A Special Olympics Nevada athlete since 2016 has competed in Track and Field at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle.

Although her favorite sport is basketball, Sandra also enjoys bowling, golf, and flag football.

Sandra also serves as an Athlete Leader, and when asked how Special Olympics Nevada has changed her life, she replied: “I’ve made lots of friends and met new people.”

This gracious move was made possible by Raiders 2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year, punter AJ Cole, who donated the tickets.

The Special Olympics Nevada is Cole’s selected charity, and he has been part of helping this special charity since his college years at North Carolina State.

Cole has been a devout advocate for the children and adults part of the Special Olympics. Since arriving in Las Vegas, he has taken part in continuing his support in the Special Olympics Nevada, where they support athletes with opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other athletes, and the community.

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