Two Oakland Students & CA Teacher of the Year Will Receive Ultimate Oakland Raiders Experience with Loved Ones 

(Oakland, CA) — Visit Oakland, the city’s destination marketing organization, is excited to share Christmas Eve with two deserving Oakland students and their families. On Christmas Eve, the tourism board will invite two families into their suite at the Oakland Raiders game against the San Diego Chargers. Visit Oakland has partnered with the Oakland Unified School District, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Whole Foods Market to provide a truly Oakland holiday staycation package. The Oakland Raiders will also be involved in helping to make this experience memorable for the families.

The two student leaders are Bianca Ramirez, a 10th grader from Fremont High School, and Darius Aikens, an 11th grader from Oakland High School.  Darius and Bianca serve as Student Directors on the OUSD Board of Education, representing the interests of all OUSD students. Darius became a Student Director after deciding he needed "to do something on a bigger spectrum". The 17-year-old is the Vice President of the local NAACP student chapter and hopes to run for Mayor of Oakland one day. Bianca admired the impact that student directors can have and joined the Board so that she can "continue uplifting the student voice even if there are a lot of things trying to prevent that from happening". The 15-year-old hopes to one day study in Virginia for her Ph.D. and ultimately become the first Mexican-American female President of the United States.

“We’re so excited to offer a special holiday experience to these students. They give up so much of their time to improve their community and both has aspirations to be leaders,” says Alison Best, President & CEO of Visit Oakland. “All of our partners wanted to let them and their families know just how proud and confident we are in having them be the next generation in Oakland.”

Students and their families will receive a special Oakland Raiders fan experience with seats in the Visit Oakland suite on Dec. 24.

After the game, the families will be treated to a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express. Visit Oakland and its partners will provide all transportation to and from their home. The next morning, Whole Foods Market Oakland will also send the families’ home with a fully cooked Christmas meal to enjoy with their loved ones.

Other Oakland partners are also contributing to the package. The non-profit organization K to College will provide backpacks to the students and their siblings. In the spirit of the holiday, Jobs and Housing Coalition, a non-profit corporation consisting of senior executives of major companies in Oakland, has also invited Ann Park, Oakland’s 2016 California Teacher of the Year, into their suite. She will enjoy the Raiders Dec. 24 game with her family.

“OUSD is represented by many students like Darius and Bianca, and teachers like Ann, who truly embody what it means to selflessly and passionately serve your community by uplifting and supporting those around you,” said OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson. “We thank our community partners for recognizing their efforts and supporting those who strive to make Oakland a better city for everyone.”

Visit Oakland and its partners wish to celebrate the holiday spirit in our business and community. They’ll share opportunities with the future leaders of tomorrow and will create a memorable Oakland holiday together.



Visit Oakland is a non-profit organization marketing Oakland, California as a travel destination. Visit Oakland offers a wide variety of complimentary services and materials for travelers interested in visiting Oakland. For more information, see our website at Want to share the Oakland love with the world? Join the 17,000 people who #OaklandLoveIt on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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