The Los Angeles Rams will kick off 2017 in a “big” way. When the Rams host the Arizona Cardinals on January 1, 2017 to close out the regular season, they will highlight at the game “Bigs In Blue,” a new initiative of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Program (BBBSLA) and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
The Bigs In Blue initiative seeks to create mentor partnerships between children from underserved communities and members of law enforcement. Through these partnerships, Bigs in Blue hopes to create positive interactions between members of the LAPD and youth from underserved communities. Additionally, the LAPD has agreed to a five-year commitment to recruiting mentors within the police department for the initiative.
As a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Rams are excited to be involved to help strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
“In St. Louis, I was a ‘Big’ through BBBS. I was paired with a young man and we spent about two years together,” explained La’Roi Glover, Director of Player Engagement for the Rams, and six-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive tackle. “When I heard about the partnership, it was, in my mind, a natural fit. Given the climate and the time we’re currently in, I think it’s a perfect fit for the local youth and LAPD.”
Glover joined President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Tiffany Siart, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, among others, at yesterday’s press conference announcing the program.
In recognition of January as National Mentoring Month, the Rams will dedicate their last home game of the regular season, January 1, 2017, to BBBSLA and a “kickoff” to the Bigs in Blue program. The team will provide 100 tickets to the game for Big and Little pairs including current LAPD matches; there will be special acknowledgement of the program to stadium guests, and an awareness video promoting Bigs in Blue will debut.