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OC Register: 11 Los Angeles pro sports franchises join forces in social justice fight


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The widespread street protests for change in the wake of George Floyd’s death have largely come to an end, but the push to drive investment in communities of color and to make an ongoing impact for social justice continued Tuesday.

Eleven professional sports franchises in greater Los Angeles have joined forces to launch The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles, making a five-year commitment to “address racial injustice, develop educational opportunities and support other important issues” in communities of color.

The teams also will support the Play Equity Fund’s social justice movement in Los Angeles and Orange counties as well as the work of Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim. The aim is also to inspire additional movements for change throughout the nation.

The Angels, Chargers, Clippers, Dodgers, Ducks, Kings, Galaxy, Lakers, Los Angeles Football Club, Rams and Sparks have joined forces to form The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles and to continue their individual charitable efforts across the region.

“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 a statement. “The Los Angeles region is one of the 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.”

The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles will join with the Play Equity Fund to hold a Sports for Social Justice Symposium on July 22, with leaders from the franchises as well as social justice leaders and sports commentators. The webinar will coincide with National Youth Sports Week (July 20-24).

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