LA’s 11 pro teams join to fight racial in­jus­tice

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - Analis Bai­ley

The 11 pro­fes­sional sports or­ga­ni­za­tions in greater Los Angeles are join­ing to­gether in a bid to en­act so­ci­etal change and erad­i­cate racial in­jus­tice.

The AL­LIANCE: Los Angeles will part­ner with the Play Eq­uity Fund, a char­ity es­tab­lished to drive so­cial change within Los Angeles com­mu­ni­ties through pro­gram­ming and sports. The al­liance aims to “drive in­vest­ment and im­pact for so­cial jus­tice through sport” and to bet­ter cater to un­der-served pop­u­la­tions, with an em­pha­sis on Black com­mu­ni­ties.

The 11 pro­fes­sional teams mak­ing a five-year com­mit­ment are the NFL’s Rams and Charg­ers, MLB’s Dodgers and An­gels, NBA’s Lak­ers and Clip­pers, NHL’s Kings and Ana­heim Ducks, WNBA’s Sparks and MLS’ Gal­axy and Los Angeles Foot­ball Club.

“The Los Angeles re­gion is one of the world’s most com­pet­i­tive mar­kets, and sports is one of the world’s most com­pet­i­tive in­dus­tries. But these or­ga­ni­za­tions are putting their com­pet­i­tive in­stincts aside to work col­lab­o­ra­tively for so­cial jus­tice,” said Re­nata Sim­ril, pres­i­dent of the Play Eq­uity Fund.

In­di­vid­ual teams also are con­tribut­ing their own ini­tia­tives to the over­all ef­fort. The Kings have cre­ated The LA Kings In­clu­sion Ini­tia­tive, which seeks to help elim­i­nate racism within hockey.

The al­liance and Play Eq­uity Fund will hold a Sports for So­cial Jus­tice Sym­po­sium on July 22, co­in­cid­ing with Na­tional Youth Sports Week. The we­bi­nar in­cludes so­cial jus­tice lead­ers, sports com­men­ta­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the al­liance’s teams.

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