Oct 2, 2014
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San Francisco 49ers legend Ronnie Lott paid a visit to Stege Elementary School in Richmond on Thursday.

The Hall of Famer’s foundation, All Stars Helping Kids, is providing funds for a highly-regarded program being employed at the school called the Mindful Life Project.

Lott visited to see the program in action, said Marcus Walton, spokesperson for the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

The Mindful Life Project, started by a Richmond teacher and recently featured on Katie Couric’s daytime show, is a nonprofit that incorporates mindfulness, yoga, therapeutic art, hip-hop and performing arts into underserved elementary schools.

At Stege this year, Walton said, some kids are writing books and participating in filmmaking as ways to encourage their self-expression.

Lott appeared quite impressed by the Mindful Life Project, but perhaps not as impressed as the students in Stege’s transitional kindergarten class.

“They even held [Lott’s] 4 Super Bowl rings,” according to the WCCUSD Twitter account.

Lott was an All-American at the University of Southern California who won Super Bowl XVI with the 49ers in his first NFL season. He was known as a hard-hitting cornerback and safety, playing nine seasons with the Niners before finishing out his career with the Los Angeles Raiders and New York Jets. Lott was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.