Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is continuing to find ways to make the most of his homecoming after being traded from the Seattle Seahawks and signing a two-year deal in April.
Lynch has offered free haircuts at his Beast Mode apparel store to Oakland-area kids receiving good grades, per a photo from USA Today’s Jarrett Bell. The flyer offering the free haircuts doesn’t specify a range the grades have to be in, rather stating that kids from K-12 to bring in their report card to the store. But a report from Larry Brown Sports said that a GPA over 3.0 is required to get the free haircut.
— Jarrett Bell (@JarrettBell) June 15, 2017
There is also a Beast Mode store in Seattle, where Lynch played six seasons, but the flyer was posted outside of the Oakland location.
Lynch was born in Oakland and played collegiately at Cal-Berkeley and announced his retirement after the 2015 season. His decision to come back and play for the Raiders is not only expected to provide a boost to a team that won 12 games last year, but also serve as a boost to community relations with an impending move to Las Vegas.
Hundreds of fans joined Lynch in May for his annual bike “ride-along” from his former high school, Oakland Tech, to Berkeley. Even when playing for the Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills, who drafted him in 2007, Lynch’s’ Fam First Foundation still supported his hometown, passing out turkeys on Thanksgiving, helping fund education programs and putting on summer camps.
Lynch is expected to shoulder the load at running back this season for the Raiders, with Latavius Murray signing with the Minnesota Vikings.