"Before we get going, I want to work as a group to define the word 'Integrity'," said Rams Legend VINCE FERRAGAMO to 130 Inglewood youth. By the end of the brief discussion and as the group broke their huddle, the participants likely would have told you that the word means "to always do the right thing when nobody is looking."
On Saturday, June 1, the Los Angeles Rams hosted a Community Day at Edward Vincent Park in Inglewood, where they will call home starting in 2020. The day featured a free, co-ed Football Clinic for youth (grades 2-8) that was open to the public and provided participants with the opportunity to partake in football-related drills and competitions along with the chance to receive instruction from Ferragamo and certified USA Football coaches. Ferragamo also led participants in a character education session and discussed life skills that can be attained through sports.
"I think the kids will take these messages that they've received here because so much of life is in football," said Ferragamo. "It's hard work, it's improvement, every day is a new challenge you look forward to and you need to be responsible and work hard. I think that's what they're learning today."
Additionally, all clinic participants and local Inglewood residents had the chance to receive gear worn by Rams players and coaches such as hats and football cleats.
Los Angeles Rams hosted a co-ed Football Clinic for youth in Inglewood with Rams legend Vince Ferragamo.
"There's no better way to connect with our future neighbors," said Rams Community Affairs representative and former NFL running back, JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN. "We're donating sideline gear that our players and coaches wore during games and we're so happy to provide this for them. It goes beyond the football field and it's about using the platform that we have to transform lives."
There certainly was plenty of game-worn gear to go around. As participants and guests formed a line that extended the entire width of the endzone, Sergeant of Inglewood Police Department, Reginald Blaylock, greeted community members and spectated drills while the Rams former quarterback Ferragamo threw passes to youth.
"It was awesome to see Vince tossing balls with the kids and the gear giveaway was a huge hit not only for the kids who play football, but for their family members too," said Sergeant Blaylock. "I heard kids say they even got an extra pair of cleats for their friends! You could tell by speaking with the parents that this was a huge hit for the kids and they hope the Rams put this on annually."
As an Inglewood resident since childhood, Inglewood P.D,'s Senior Community Affairs Liaison Cinder Eller-Kimbell is thrilled to see the Rams' involvement and presence in the community she continues to call home.
"This is beyond amazing. I grew up in Inglewood and I've been here since I was seven-years-old so to see this come full circle is special," said Eller-Kimbell. "It brings the community together and there's really a strong sense of pride."
As LA Stadium approaches one year until its completion, the Rams are committed to serving as a valuable community partner and dedicating resources to engage and support the Inglewood community. Since the team moved back home to Los Angeles in 2016, Rams staff members have provided more than 1,000 hours of community service in Inglewood, engaged 13 Inglewood Unified School District schools and students of all grade levels in community programs, and hosted 22 PLAY 60 events for more than 5,300 Inglewood students.
"We're delighted that the Rams organization has made it an instrumental goal to connect and be a visible part of rebuilding community partnership," said Sergeant Blaylock. "Their support at various events in Inglewood has really shown their investment in the community."