Since the Rams moved back home to Los Angeles in 2016, Tight End TYLER HIGBEE has made a concentrated effort to positively impact the LA community in a variety of ways.
Through his dedicated support of the NFL's PLAY 60 program, the team's annual Taste of the Rams event, holiday initiatives, and numerous other community programs, Higbee has proven to be a catalyst of positive change in Los Angeles and a role model the for the community's youth.
"I've been blessed and given a platform to make a difference in people's lives," said Higbee. "Whenever I get the chance, I try to reach out and improve someone's life for the better."
In October, Higbee paid a visit to Magnolia Science Academy 2 in Van Nuys with the non-profit, Beyond Differences, where he held Q & A sessions in multiple classrooms about the importance of creating and nurturing healthy and open relationships between middle school students and their peers. During his visits, the third-year tight end shared his own coach's message of connectedness to achieve a common goal and translated it for the students to apply in their own classroom dynamics.
The following month Higbee participated in the Taste of the Rams event to raise money for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Higbee also hosted a PLAY 60 Field Day for students at a local elementary school that was affected by the recent wildfires that struck the northern Los Angeles region. During the event, he engaged in football & exercise-related drills with students and encouraged them to be active for the recommended 60 minutes every day.
"I just wanted to show them that we're here and we support them," said Higbee. "We're all in this together and hopefully I was able to bring a few smiles to their faces."
Check out photos of this week's Community Impact Player of the Week, Tyler Higbee, from his consistent contributions throughout the season.
While the visit certainly meant a lot to students, Las Virgenes Unified School District Board Member Angela Cutbill believes it couldn't have come at a more perfect time as the students and their families began to recuperate their spirits for the holidays.
"All of our schools were affected to some extent, but we had a lot of loss in the immediate area," said Angela Cutbill, LVUSD Board Member. "We're so appreciative that players like Higbee came out and gave the kids a boost before the holidays."
Most recently and in tune with the holiday season, Higbee and teammates teamed up with The Salvation Army to host a shopping spree for 100 children. As part of the event, Higbee paired with a teenage boy and served as his personal shopper for the evening, guiding him through the West Hills Walmart and loading shopping carts with items on his holiday wish list.
"My parents always taught me to work hard for what whatever it is that I want to achieve and to respect thy neighbor," said Higbee. "So I really don't give back for any type of recognition, but it's an honor to be the named our Community Player of the Week."