Davante Adams unveils new fitness equipment in East Palo Alto


EAST PALO ALTO, CA – Star NFL wide receiver Davante Adams returned to his hometown of East Palo Alto on Monday to unveil new outdoor fitness equipment at Jack Farrell Park for community use.

Adams, in partnership with sports nutrition company Optimum Nutrition’s Building Better Lives program, helped donate the equipment, which includes a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment such as suspension trainers, bells magnetic bikes, sports bikes, ellipticals and pull-up stations.

Adams, 29, played high school in Palo Alto before going to college at Fresno State. After eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Adams was recently traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in a blockbuster deal, would have signed a five-year deal worth more than $141 million to become the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history.

Note: This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

Patch: How important is having this new fitness equipment in East Palo Alto?

Adams: It’s just a great opportunity to give everyone in the community a chance to improve and practice. It’s something I’ve been preaching here for years and wanted to do. So in order to be able to team up with Optimum Nutrition and the Building Better Lives program, they are targeting underserved communities – and no better community than East Palo Alto to come back and give back.

I got a lot of support and love where I come from. So to be able to come back and give a little bit back means a lot to me and I’m sure it means a lot to them as well.

Patch: What kind of equipment is going to be there?

Adams: A few ellipticals, kettlebells, a pull-up station, more bars, a small slide, a decline station. It’s a lot of different things here. Many good things. I also have TRX stuff. Lots of different equipment to be able to enjoy.

Adams welcomes members of the East Palo Alto community on Monday (Photo by Gabriela Hasbun)

Patch: Did you have access to this type of gear growing up?

Adams: No, I didn’t. There were different locations, but it wasn’t as easily accessible – and obviously you had to pay for stuff like that. Being from East Palo Alto, most people don’t have the money you need for a gym membership, especially young people. So being able to have it here at the park is a lot easier. They can just stop and do their thing.

Patch: What does it do for a youngster who can just go to the park and train with this equipment?

Adams: It’s just going to make it a little easier for them to take advantage of their fitness opportunities. It’s just sitting here in the park. Just like they came to the park and went to play. Now they can come and use the equipment. They can kind of do whatever they want. There is an app that lets people know how to use it. So, in essence, you kind of have a coach to walk you through how to use all of this. So it’s a very good deal.

Adams signs a jersey on Monday at Jack Farrell Park (Photo by Gabriela Hasbun)

Patch: How is it working with the City of East Palo Alto and some of your other partners here to organize these events and find ways to help the community?

Adams: It was great. It was a great opportunity for me. They were super accommodating and helped with everything. It made everything really transparent. It’s much easier to work with the city, when the mayor and everyone involved who decides here is so on board.

Patch: You will be part of a new team this year. I imagine it’s been a crazy two weeks, but how does it feel to leave Green Bay and play for the Raiders in Las Vegas? I read you were an Oakland Raiders fan.

Adams: It’s exciting, man. It’s an exciting opportunity. Of course, I gave my life to Green Bay for eight years. I absolutely loved that time and cherish that time that I spent building those relationships and getting to know the people and the community there. But now I have a new opportunity to play for the team that I loved and was a fan of. So to be able to get back to playing with my college quarterback (Derek Carr) is kind of the end of a storybook.

Equipment includes a variety of cardio and weight training equipment (Photo by Gabriela Hasbun)

Patch: Will it be easier for your family and friends to watch you play?

Adams: Absolutely, absolutely. It’s much easier to get into Vegas, and people can get there by car or plane. It’s a quick trip for them. It is much easier for them to come and support in person on Sundays.

Patch: Will you miss Lambeau’s jumps?

Adams: Yeah, yeah. Without a doubt.

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