The 11 major professional sports teams based in the greater Los Angeles area will form "The Alliance: Los Angeles," a five-year commitment to supporting social justice initiatives, particularly within communities of color, they announced Tuesday.
It will include the following teams:
|MLB||Los Angeles Angels|
|MLB||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|NBA||Los Angeles Clippers|
|NBA||Los Angeles Lakers|
|NFL||Los Angeles Chargers|
|NFL||Los Angeles Rams|
|NHL||Los Angeles Kings|
|WNBA||Los Angeles Sparks|
The initiative will support the Play Equity Fund across the greater Los Angeles area as well as Accelerate Change Together in Orange County, and it hopes to inspire similar cooperative measures at the national level.
Play Equity Fund president Renata Simril said the organizations "should be commended for seeking to make significant changes in communities of color," especially in light of their rivalries on the field of play.
"The Los Angeles region is one of the world's most competitive markets, and sports is one of the world's most competitive industries," Simril added. "But these organizations are putting their competitive instincts aside to work collaboratively for social justice."