The Los Angeles sports community has banded together to help clean up the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the area.
AEG, the LA Clippers, LA Galaxy, LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, LA Sparks and Rank + Rally have put their resources together to launch the “TEAMS FOR LA ON-LINE SUPERSALE”, a site that will sell team merchandise as well as classic, exclusive merchandise from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, GRAMMY Awards, etc., to benefit the Mayor’s L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
Proceeds coming from the site will go towards such services as childcare and meals for those who are heavily impacted, relief and counseling for frontline healthcare workers, critical healthcare equipment, and services for LA’s homeless population.
“All of us in the Los Angeles sports community have been looking for additional ways to support the tremendous efforts of our City’s leadership and to help those in our community that are most impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak,” said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO, AEG. “Our collective donation of merchandise will provide our fans a way to show their ongoing support for their favorite teams while also contributing to help their fellow Angelenos in need.”
The website, which was launched on Tuesday, is regularly updated with jerseys, hats, t-shirts and other specialty items bearing the current and classic logos of the Clippers, Galaxy, Kings, Lakers, Sparks, the Ontario Reign (LA Kings affiliate in the AHL) and Team USA Basketball, as well as exclusive merchandise from some of the most memorable sporting events that have taken place in Los Angeles such as the 2011 and 2018 NBA All-Star Games, 2017 NHL All-Star Game, the Amgen Tour of California and the aformentioned musical events.
The site features over 30,000 items that are being offered at discounted prices. In addition, there is the option for fans to donate gear directly to local shelters and non-profit organizations for those who need it the most. All financial contributions go directly to the emergency fund. Fans are being asked to visit the site daily, as new items are added to the site everyday as well as other options to help those in need.
Before joining The Ball Out, Chris Bullock was part of SB Nation’s Swish Appeal for nearly three years, covering everything women’s basketball. Chris has had the honor of doing live coverage of the WNBA Finals, the NCAA Tournament, and also was given his own column, “The Triple Double”. A self-described “foodaholic”, Chris lives in the San Diego area with his wife and two daughters, and also hosts his own podcast, “Conscious Cravings”, where he speaks about his experience as a mental health advocate.