On Saturday, January 6, when the Rams hosted a playoff game in the LA Memorial Coliseum for the first time since 1979, charitable non-profit organizations such as Operation Progress and A Place Called Home, along with representatives with Inglewood Unified School District were able to attend the game courtesy of the Rams and team sponsors AT&T and Microsoft.
From a peristyle suite in the east end zone, 35 scholars, parents and LAPD officers with Operation Progress spent the evening cheering on their Rams in the biggest NFL game played in their hometown in the last three decades. For many of the guests, it was their first NFL game. They waved their Rams Rally towels, danced to a halftime performance from LA’s iconic hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, and enjoyed each other’s company on a night they surely won’t forget.
“Operation Progress was so honored to receive suite tickets to the Rams playoff game this past Saturday,” said Executive Director of Operation Progress Theresa Gartland. “Due to the generosity of AT&T and the LA Rams, we had the opportunity to come together and unwind for a night of pure excitement and joy. To be able to attend in such a grand way will be something they remember for a lifetime. This was absolutely one of the most exciting events we've participated in as an organization and to those who made it possible, we can't thank you enough.”
Executive Director of School and Community Relations of Inglewood Unified School District, Dr. Jacqueline Landrum Sanderlin, along with IUSD principals, custodians, students and family members also enjoyed the game from a peristyle suite. Dr. Sanderlin has been committed to developing a sense of togetherness in the Inglewood community, and she believes the Rams and AT&T’s generosity underscore those efforts.
“Attending the LA Rams Playoff game was one thing, but being guests in the suite was totally another,” said Sanderlin. “These are the activities we need, but can’t always afford to do and it is much appreciated. For many of our students, it was their first time at a live game and the first for most of us in a suite! The LA Rams cheerleaders came and that was the cherry on top of the cake. For our IUSD family, it was about being able to experience something new and different and we know it was because of the great partnership we have with the LA Rams. The next working day was different because of that night. We all reminisced on the fun we had and the positivity flowed into our offices. It was a historic night for us all and one we will never forget. We thank the Rams and AT&T for partnering with us.”
A Place Called Home (APCH) enjoyed the NFC Wild Card matchup from end zone seats. Having established a partnership during the season, the Rams and APCH are looking forward to the relationship continuing to grow and serving as a powerful example of how the corporate and not-for-profit sectors can join forces for the greater good of Los Angeles.
“A Place Called Home is thrilled and grateful to Microsoft and the Rams to be able to attend the playoffs and participate, and we are committed to continuing our community service partnership with the Rams,” said Executive Director Jonathan Zeichner. “The enthusiasm of the crowd was unbelievable. Most important was the feeling that this was the beginning of a new day and a new chapter for sports fans in Los Angeles. Thank you, and go Rams!”
For more information about the Rams community partners and events, please visit therams.com/community.