She beams with pride when discussing 7-year-old Nathan’s chance to walk on the field at the Oakland Coliseum before the Raiders’ NFL game today against the Bears.
And it’s all because of Nathan’s own skills on the gridiron.
Nathan, a second grader at Bud Beasley Elementary School, had never competed in the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick program and didn’t do anything to prepare for the competition.
But when he participated in the Sectional Competition in Gardnerville earlier this month, the 7-year-old’s natural skills were good enough to win his age group for 6- and 7-year-olds. His total score was 125.7 feet as each competitor gets one punt, one pass and one kick to accumulate the most distance. Accuracy is also taken into account. Off-the-mark efforts subtract distance from the score.
He was the only boy from the Reno-Sparks area to earn a shot to compete in the Team Championships in Oakland this weekend, which will be held prior to the game near the stadium, allowing all the participants to come out on the field before the Raiders game begins.
It will be the thrill of a lifetime for a family of Raider fans, especially for the oldest son of Shawn (Reed High grad) and Rachel (McQueen grad), who has plenty of Raiders gear around his room. He celebrated his latest birthday with a Raiders-themed party. The parents also have a 4-year-old son, Ben, who loves football as much as his brother. Rachel believes football will become a family tradition when Ben is old enough to play.
“It’s a huge deal. We’re insane Raider fans, so this will be amazing for all of us. He’s very, very excited since this will be his first NFL game period that he will be able to see in-person. The fact he will be on the field, that‘s pretty incredible,” Rachel Kiserow said. “He’s just all smiles about it and not feeling the pressure. We’re making sure not to pressure him or anything. We’re still making it very fun for him just to go out there and do his best. He’s very happy and excited about it.”
Nathan Kiserow recently completed his second flag football season through the Larry D. Johnson Community Center in the City of Sparks. Kiserow is a strong defensive presence for his team, according to his mother. He also plays Cal Ripken Baseball in Spanish Springs.
“We’re just so excited and so thankful for this program,” Rachel Kiserow said. “It’s been ages since my husband and I got to get out to an Oakland game. It was before our boys were even born. To see Nathan be a part of this, it’s beyond words. We’re just so proud of him.”