Los Angeles pro sports teams band together to level the playing field

Renata Simril talks about The Alliance’s goal of bringing social justice reform to communities of color through sports.
3:30 | 08/05/20

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Following the recent nationwide protests against social injustice, 11 professional sports organizations in the greater los Angeles area have joined together to launch the alliance Los Angeles, an initiative committed to creating social taking action against racial inequality. Our next guest is the president and CEO of the play equity fund. She and her organization are working closely with the pro teams to make an important impact. So Renata Simril is joining us. Thank you so much. We appreciate your time. Tell us about how these two organizations came together and what their goal is. Thank you, and it's a pleasure to be with you and as you mentioned, following the recent protests for calls for justice for the black communities the team presidents of the 11 professional sports teams in Los Angeles, the Lakers and the clippers, the angels and the ducks, the lafc and the galaxy, the dodgers, the sparks, all 11 teams were deeply moved, you know, by the calls for justice following the deaths of George Floyd and breonna Taylor and ahmaud arbery. And they wanted to really drive change in communities. They partnered with our organization to engage young people and help them create pathways to careers in sport, you know, not everybody can be a Lebron James but we can have young people in the communities that we serve aspire to be like the president of the sparks, or the president of the clippers, or the coach of the chargers. That's how we came together in response to ensure that this moment in history turns into a movement for real change for real people in the communities that we serve. That's right, and we all know change doesn't happen overnight, but what steps are you putting in place to achieve that very goal? We're going to create leadership opportunities and educational opportunities for high school athletes, those engaged in community sports programs that we work with, we're going to engage them and give them exposure to careers in sport and help them build a pathway to those careers in sport, and our success is going to be measured by, you know, how many kids aspire to be not a Lebron James or an Aaron Donald but to aspire to be a vice president or a senior vice president or an executive within a sports organizations that we work with, success is going to be measured by all we influence the team's platform by driving more resources into afterschool and enrichment programs and success is going to be measured by how many other people join in our play. We're about leveling the playing field so all kids have equal access to sport and play. The transformational benefits. We'd love to see a Seattle alliance or a Chicago alliance or an alliance in New York City for that matter, so our work will be measured by whether or not we're still talking about the injustices that face particularly black communities but communities of color across this nation. It will be measured by how many join in our movement. Yeah, you're doing such important work. Renata thank you so much for your time and thank you for all that you're doing for your community. Oh, thank you. Thank you for your interest. Turning now to Dr. Jen

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