Cal football star Marcel Dancy raises COVID-19 relief fund for Oakland school

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Cal running back Marcel Dancy thrives on the football field, his passion for work in the community off the field is just as strong.

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"I was just brainstorming and came up with an idea that get a team around me from Cal. Cal has great resources and just figure out how we can help out these kids right now at this moment," said Dancy.

The Oakland native created a GoFundMe page to raise grocery money for students at Burckhalter Elementary in his hometown.

"While we've been in shelter-in-place, I was thinking of how cool it was Coach Wilcox and the rest of the staff were making sure us players we getting enough food and were taken care of. That just made me think of low income families in Oakland that depend on heavily on school lunches for their kids," said Dancy.

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The initial goal was to raise $10,000, giving $100 worth of groceries to 100 families. That goal has now doubled to $20,000, giving each family two rounds of groceries.

"With the relationship I built at Burckhalter through Candace Balbuena, those kids left such a good impression on me. I just wanted to make sure they got what they needed," said Dancy.

His selfless attitude has the admiration of head coach Justin Wilcox.

"He's just an amazing guy. Really fortunate he's a part of our program because he impacts everybody in the program - coaches, players and community that surrounds us, so it's really neat," said Wilcox.

You can make a donation to Burckhalter Elementary through the GoFundMe page here.

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