Dodgers Join Lakers, Other Teams In ‘The Alliance: Los Angeles’

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The Los Angeles Dodgers joined the L.A. Lakers and 10 other professional sports teams in the greater area to launch “The Alliance: Los Angeles.” The organization represents a five-year commitment to drive investment and impact for social justice through sport.

In addition to the Dodgers and Lakers, the alliance includes the Anaheim Ducks, L.A. Angels, L.A. Chargers, L.A. Clippers, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), L.A. Galaxy, L.A. Kings, L.A. Rams and L.A. 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 11 teams will advocate for social justice, address disparities and take actions to help end racial inequality. Their 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 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.

“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 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.

“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,” president of the Play Equity Fund Renata Simril said.

“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.”

Dodgers collectively fighting social injustice

The Dodgers organization released a statement to denounce social injustices and racial inequality, and several of their players addressed the need for change as well.

Among them was Clayton Kershaw, who put the onus on himself to be a voice for those in need of advocacy.

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