The Oakland Raiders congratulate Bess on being selected "Raiderette of the Week," sponsored by Bud Light. A high-energy rookie, Bess started out as a gymnast, but switched over to dance in the seventh grade. She also played flag football throughout middle school. During high school and college, she participated on dance teams and eventually danced and cheered for the San Jose Wolves, an indoor professional football team.
Currently, Bess is working towards her degree in English literature. As an avid reader and analytical person, pursuing a literature degree is a perfect fit. She hopes to eventually become a writer or an editor for a magazine column, as she loves to fix grammatical mistakes.
Her desire to transition to the Raiderettes was twofold. Spending much of her childhood in Danville, Bess grew up a Raiders fan, so it has been her dream to cheer for the Silver and Black. Additionally, the rookie has always seen the Raiderettes as important role models in the community and wanted to be a part of the impact they make on the Bay Area.
Bess' favorite moment as a Raiderette was visiting the troops on September 11 at their annual Toys for Tots event. "It is a moment that will resonate in the memory of my rookie season with the Oakland Raiderettes," she said. "To share in the memory and celebration of those who give their lives and have fallen in the fight for this country's continuing freedom reminds me how honored and proud I am to represent the Oakland Raiders and give back to the community that is so supportive of our organization."