Kickoff Press Conference
JULY 14, 2020 KICKOFF PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE ALLIANCE: LOS ANGELES
In a collaboration to pursue change in communities of color and develop meaningful programs, the 11 professional sports organizations in greater Los Angeles joined together to launch The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles. Leaders from the teams discussed the comprehensive five-year commitment to drive investment and impact for social justice through sport in a virtual press conference attended by media and observers from around the nation.
The ALLIANCE was formed in direct response to the protests nationwide. The 11 teams united to address racial injustice, develop educational opportunities, and support other important issues facing communities of color, particularly Black communities.
The 11 teams are advocating for social justice, addressing disparities and taking actions to help end racial inequality. This commitment includes supporting the Play Equity Fund’s social justice movement in communities across greater Los Angeles, and in Orange County amplifying the work of Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim.
The 11 professional sports teams that form The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles include the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Chargers, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Football Club, LA Galaxy, LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Sparks.
The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles was formed in addition to the robust efforts of the teams’ community affairs departments and foundations, which will continue their charitable activities across the region.
The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles partnered with the Play Equity Fund to manage this initiative in greater Los Angeles. A 501(c)3 public charity, the Play Equity Fund was established in Los Angeles to drive social change across communities through sport. It is the only nonprofit worldwide dedicated to Play Equity as a social justice issue to bring the transformative power of sport and structured play to youth – regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or gender – who have been left behind by the current system.
The Orange County-based franchises will expand upon their established partnership of investing in organizations and programs making positive change.
Formed in 2013 by the Ducks, Angels and Disneyland Resort, the Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim collaborative was created to address the urgent needs of Anaheim’s at-risk youth and families.