On Nov. 10, 2016, just before Veterans Day, LA Rams players found themselves back in the classroom - specifically third grade classrooms. The burly players sat on very small chairs side-by-side with students at Acacia Elementary School in Thousand Oaks and Kelso Elementary School in Inglewood helping the children write holiday greetings for soldiers and veterans.
Defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, as well as other Rams players, Rams cheerleaders and the team mascot wrote messages to members of the military on cards that will be delivered to members of the military as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. Check out the video of the visit to Acacia Elementary.In addition, the Rams contributed $10,000 to support the local Red Cross Service to Armed Forces and Families program.
The Red Cross salutes the Rams and all of L.A.’s professional sports teams for helping raise community awareness and for making donations to Red Cross services and initiatives.
Also in November, the LA Kings donated $30,000 to the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of home fires in L.A.’s most vulnerable communities. LA Kings staff members and the team mascot joined Red Cross and community volunteers to help install free smoke alarms and assist families in creating emergency escape plans at two home fire events in Hawthorne and Wilmington.
In September 2016, the LA Clippers mascot and members of the Clippers Dance Squad, along with Fox Sports West commentator Mike Smith, teamed up with CarMax and more than 40 of its employees to help assemble 500 “comfort kits” filled with hygiene items for distribution to military hospitals and medical facilities.
The LA Dodgers and LA Angels have long supported the Red Cross’ PrepareSoCal disaster preparedness campaign. The Red Cross distributed preparedness information at the Viva Los Dodgers fan events held before and during the 11 home games in 2016, reaching over 2,000 people.
The teams have been quick to provide financial assistance after devastating disasters in Southern California and around the world, including the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
In addition to supporting disaster relief efforts, many teams, including the LA Galaxy, sponsor blood drives on behalf of the Red Cross.
“Our L.A. sports teams are shining examples of the kind of partnerships that enable the Red Cross to make a difference in the lives of the individuals and families in our communities,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO American Red Cross Los Angeles Region.