Jared Goff, Andrew Whitworth, Johnny Hekker and other members of the Los Angeles Rams partnered with KABC to raise over $2.2 million in a “virtual Te’LA’thon” fundraiser to help with response efforts to the pandemic in Southern California. Per the official press release, the money will go to the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund and the LA Food Bank. I’ll post the links to those organizations right now, I just wanted to write this sentence first because I feel like people may skip over a linked word with no explanation that “hey you can still donate to these places if you’d like to!”
Donate: United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund (help reduce the spread of the virus in homeless encampments and shelters)
Donate: LA Food Bank ($25=100 meals)
Here’s the rundown on which Rams participated so far:
Rams team captains Jared Goff & Andrew Whitworth each donated $250K to kick off the virtual telethon and to finance a total of 2 million meals for Angelenos in need. Throughout the day, Whitworth, punter Johnny Hekker, safety John Johnson III, defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day, chief operating officer Kevin Demoff, and voice of the Rams J.B. Long made appearances on-air with KABC and 710 ESPN LA to promote the initiative and offer their support in the community. Additionally, Hekker, offensive lineman Austin Corbett, Legends David Hill and LeRoy Irvin, cheerleaders and front office staff answered the phone calls of supporters and processed donations. Hall of Fame Legends Jackie Slater and Eric Dickerson were also featured in videos encouraging Angelenos to contribute while Super Bowl Champion wide receiver Torry Holt joined the list of donors.
I wanted to also add that Brandin Cooks donated $50,000 to schools in his hometown of Stockton to help during the pandemic.