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Los Angeles sports teams form alliance committed to social justice

Eleven pro franchises are uniting to create change in communities of color

Professional sports teams in Los Angeles have combined to form The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles in an effort to create change in communities of color and address racial injustice and racial inequality.

The alliance features the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Chargers, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Football Club, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Sparks in a five-year commitment designed to push investment and fight for social justice through sports.

“The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles has been forged specifically to create positive change in underserved communities, with an emphasis on Black communities,” a spokesperson for The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles said in a press release. “All 11 teams are united in their dedication to this effort and recognize driving change is a long-term commitment. Through sports and social programming, we aim to work in communities to affect structural changes on levels that have a lasting impact.”

The 11 professional sports franchises will work together to “address racial injustice, develop educational opportunities and support other important issues facing communities of color, particularly Black communities.”

The Alliance will support Play Equity Fund’s social justice movement in Los Angeles communities and work with Accelerate Change Together Anaheim to help Anaheim, California’s, at-risk youth and families. The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles and Play Equity Fund will also conduct a Sports for Social Justice Symposium on July 22 during National Youth Sports Week.

“The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles is an unprecedented collaboration by sports organizations recognizing the impact they can have by working together, and they should be commended for seeking to make significant changes in communities of color,” Renata Simril, president of the Play Equity Fund, said in the press release. “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.”