The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers made “touchdowns” on Tuesday by giving back to L.A. area communities.
On Tuesday, in partnership with the American Red Cross, Los Angeles Rams players, cheerleaders, and staff members visited three elementary schools to help students personalize Rams-branded holiday thank-you cards for veterans and military members. Oak Street Elementary School, 633 S. Oak Street, in Inglewood was one of the schools visited by Wide Receiver Josh Reynolds, Tight End Gerald Everett, and Linebackers Samson Ebukam, Ejuan Price and Garrett Sickels.
Rams Defensive Tackle Michael Brockers will be featured on the holiday card that reads: “Our defense defends our goal line. Our military defends our country. Thank you for your service.”
The Holidays for Heroes card signing event is part of the Rams’ monthly Day of Service initiative. Each month, the Rams front office staff takes time out to volunteer with local non-profits. During the team’s first year home in Los Angeles, Rams employees provided more than 2,000 hours of community service and impacted 10 local non-profits and 19 schools. Since January of 2017, the team has provided 1,515 hours of community service and volunteered with eight local non-profits and 25 schools through its Staff Day of Service program.
The Los Angeles Chargers partnered up with TeamSmile at the StubHub Center on Tuesday to offer dental services to more than 300 underserved children. This is the fourth year in a row that the program has been available.
William Celestine, Director Wellness Programs, Los Angeles Unified School District, said, “Many of our families are from low income areas so to be able to get this type of dental service at no cost, it’s amazing. I think it’s a testament to the partnership that the LAUSD has established with the Chargers and TeamSmile.”
“Since the Chargers are in a new community, we’re trying to build this community where the Chargers can be a part of this and we can be a part of the Chargers’ community,” added Derrick Whitmore, Regional Manager of Colgate. “(We want to) make sure the kids come out and get the care that they need.”
Kids received free check ups and teeth cleaning and learned about dental hygiene. But they didn’t spend all their time in the dentist chair. Outside, at the end of the chairs and X-ray stations, was a dance area with a DJ for the kids. Chris McCain said he helped one of them calm down and have fun. Sean McGrath commented on the importance of brushing twice a day.