United Way of Greater Los Angeles announces open registration for its annual HomeWalk 5K and names three Los Angeles Rams players as HomeWalk team captains:
- Aaron Donald (#99), Defensive Tackle, 2017 and 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and five-time Pro-Bowler
- Andrew Whitworth (#77), Offensive Tackle, four-time Pro-Bowler and 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award nominee
- Johnny Hekker (#6), Punter, four-time Pro-Bowler
The 12th annual HomeWalk 5K Family Run/Walk to Bring EVERYONE IN will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles and has become the largest public event to end homelessness in the nation.
“Our most vulnerable neighbors need our help. Whether it’s single mothers and families, veterans or people who have fallen on hard times because of a loss of job or medical crisis, homelessness has many faces,” says Kevin Demoff, COO, Los Angeles Rams. “At the Rams, our goal is to use our platform to rally ourselves, our community and all of Los Angeles to climb to new heights and tackle this pressing issue together with compassion, humanity and teamwork.”
“HomeWalk has provided 19,000 homes to our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and we know homes end homelessness,” says Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “This walk does more than fundraise — it unites our communities — and we know with the support of our three Rams HomeWalk team captains and the entire Los Angeles Rams organization, we are going to house even more of L.A. County’s 53,000 individuals who live every day on the streets.”
During its 11-year history, HomeWalk has successfully mobilized more than 100,000 people and raised $8.6 million in funding, which directly funded permanent supportive housing for L.A. County’s most vulnerable neighbors.
The 12th annual HomeWalk wouldn’t be possible without support from event sponsors including:
Presenting Sponsors: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (Fundraising Match Sponsor), EVERYONE IN, Los Angeles Rams; VIP Sponsors: Annenberg Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross; and Major Sponsors: ACCO Engineered Systems, AEG, JPMorgan Chase & Co., SoCalGas, Starbucks, Torrance Refining Company and UPS.
About the Los Angeles Rams:
The Los Angeles Rams – Los Angeles’ 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. In 2018, the Los Angeles Rams won the NFC Title and appeared in their fourth Super Bowl. 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. The team currently hosts games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with plans to move to a new world-class stadium at the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, currently under construction in Inglewood, California, for the 2020 NFL season. For more information visit www.therams.com and follow the Rams’ social media channels.
About United Way of Greater Los Angeles and EVERYONE IN:
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization fighting to end poverty by preparing students for high school graduation, college, and the workforce; housing our homeless neighbors; and guiding hard-working families towards economic mobility. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change.
Powered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, EVERYONE IN is a countywide initiative bringing together leaders and voices across L.A. County to keep the best solutions to end homelessness moving forward by creating ways for the public to get involved; tracking, measuring and sharing progress; and lifting up successes and celebrating wins. For more information, visit HomeWalkLA.org, UnitedWayLA.org and EveryoneInLA.org.