LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Raiders' Daniel Carlson not only kicked the team into the playoffs last week but it also was the start of something more when it came to helping others for a good cause.
Andy Bischel, the president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada, says since Sunday's game they have received over 150 donations and over $2,500.
Steelers' fans began donating to one of Carlson’s “My Cause My Cleats” organizations to thank the Raiders’ kicker for also sending their team to the playoffs.
“They're using a lot of different numbers, right, a lot of $7 for Ben Roethlisberger’s number," stated Bischel. "Some $2, you know, for Daniel’s number, but the score was another one they used.”
Bischel added, “They leave fantastic messages. This one's good ‘in honor of kicky boy kicks.’ exclamation point. Steeler fan. And then ‘Daniel Carlson the golden footed kicker of all Steeler fans dreams.’”
As of Tuesday morning, the donations have nearly doubled with over $5,386.41 raised, and it doesn’t look like the donations are stopping any time soon.
“In this time, operating is tough. So, for the Raiders to be a rallying point and then to see that that rallying point consolidates around the Boys and Girls Club is awesome," Bischel said.
It’s a reminder of the true impact of sports.
“It just shows that the NFL is a community," Bischel said. "You know, I mean, it really does build community.”
It’s a community that’s proven to expand beyond any team color.
The Raiders will face the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in the Wild Card Round. The kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Las Vegas time.