With thousands of people and first responders affected by the recent tragedies in Southern California, the calamities struck a personal chord for Quarterback Jared Goff. A California native who played collegiately at the University of California Berkeley and now takes snaps under center for the Rams in his home state, Goff believes it's his civic duty to support his community any way he can.
Earlier in the week, he joined other professional athletes in fundraising for victims of the recent Woolsey and Hill Fires in Southern California, the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks. Goff teamed up with Milwaukee Brewers' players and southern California natives Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas in a video encouraging people to donate to the California Strong campaign.
"I was really looking for something to do, something to start, something to be a part of to help raise money and funds for the community," said Goff. "I saw the California Strong campaign as the perfect opportunity. I'm really just trying to do my part. With a decent following now, I can spread that word and hopefully support the people that are in need of help right now."
California Strong & SEVC YMCA joined forces to help all families affected by the recent devastation throughout California. The non-profit's mission is to continue to help those affected not just now, but for years to come. For those who wish to donate to the California Strong campaign and bid on exclusive auction items, please click here.
Furthermore, following the Rams historic victory against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, Goff and teammates auctioned off their game-worn jerseys through NFL Auction and all proceeds supported the Conejo Valley Victims Fund and the American Red Cross Southern California Wildfire Relief. Goff and Pro Bowl Offensive Tackle Andrew Whitworth also took the time to meet with families of the shooting victims on the field post game.
"It's right here at home and sometimes you don't think it's real until it happens where you are," said Goff. "We really became one with the community with everything that's happened, not only with the fires but with the shooting as well. It hit home for us and my teammates and I want to do our best to make a difference. We understand the platform that we have and our ability to use our voices in the right way."
Goff's efforts didn't stop there. In partnership with CBS-2/KCAL-9 & United Way of Great Los Angeles, the Rams participated in a multi-platform fundraising event that raised more than $2,129,603 for United Way's Southern California Disaster Relief Fund. During the event, Goff made an appearance on CBS-2/KAL-9 to thank the first responders who worked around the clock to ensure the safety of California residents and their homes.
"We're so grateful for all the work the first responders did and for all the fire fighters that came from all over," said Goff. "We're forever in debt to them and we'll continue to try and let them know how grateful we are. With so much that was lost, there's also so much that was saved. I'll speak for the entire Rams organization when I say that we can't be more thankful for everything they've done."
Next week, Goff is also planning to make a surprise appearance at a local elementary school that was affected by the Woolsey fire in Southern California. He and teammates will lead students in a PLAY 60 event promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity for the recommended 60 minutes every day.
For more information about the Rams community outreach efforts, please visit www.therams.com/community.