LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Los Angeles Rams are partnering with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) to host a series of flag football camps in 2017. These camps will give SOSC athletes a preview of the sport.
The first of these camps is Saturday, July 8 and continues a month of #CelebratingChampions. The camps are for pre-selected SOSC athletes.
A 100 athletes will participate in the inaugural FUNdamentals Football Camp and Punt, Pass, and Kick Challenge (PPK) at Champions Field in Inglewood at Edward Vincent Jr. Park. The athletes first will learn the skills and fundamentals of the game of football. Then, the athletes will participate in a Punt, Pass, and Kick Challenge. The top athletes will then compete in a PPK Finals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum prior the Rams PLAY 60 game when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 10.
Employees from Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions will be at the first Camp, In addition to providing support for the athletes, they will also provide food and drinks for all participants.
Participation for the first camp is already closed. For those interested in participating in future camps, contact your local SOSC regional office. For contact information or information on which region you are in, visit SOSC.org.
On the same day, Albertsons Companies Foundation, The Vons Foundation and The Pavilions Foundation will kick off an in-store fundraising campaign featuring Rams Punter Johnny Hekker to benefit Special Olympics Southern California. The campaign will run from July 8 – August 1 in all Southern California Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores. Customers can donate at checkout of their local Albertsons, Vons and/or Pavilions through Aug. 1.
Earlier this summer, Hekker participated in the opening ceremony for Summer Games, held at Cal State Long Beach.
About the Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles¹ original professional sports team, stand as one of the oldest franchises in the National Football League and since its founding in 1937, have garnered three World Championships and sent 30 of its members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As a professional sports team, the organization is committed to being a valuable civic partner and serving the greater Los Angeles area 365 days a year. For more information visit http://www.therams.com and follow the Rams on Facebook and Twitter, @RamsNFL.
About Special Olympics Southern California
Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities through sports, health, and leadership programs. Special Olympics helps athletes become more independent, build self-esteem, and live healthier lives. They inspire people to open their hearts and create more accepting and inclusive communities. All Special Olympics programs are free to the athletes and their families. Learn more at www.sosc.org.
About The Albertsons Companies Foundation, Vons Foundation and The Pavilions Foundation
The Albertsons Companies Foundation, The Vons Foundation, and The Pavilions Foundation supports causes that impact our customers’ lives. Through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees’ passion and partnerships with our vendors. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and diversity and inclusion. The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation have invested over $2 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about the Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, visit www.vonsfoundation.org.