They're rivals on the field, but off the field LAFC and the LA Galaxy are joining forces with the nine other professional sports organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area to help utilize sport to drive impact and investment for social justice through sport as part of a new non-profit called ALLIANCE: Los Angeles.
Following the recent protests nationwide, the 11 teams have united to address racial injustice, develop educational opportunities, and support other important issues facing communities of color, particularly Black communities. The 11 teams will advocate for social justice, address disparities and take actions to help end racial inequality. This commitment includes supporting the Play Equity Fund’s social justice movement in communities across greater Los Angeles, and in Orange County amplifying the work of Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim.
Joining the two MLS sides are the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers (NBA), Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels (MLB) and LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks (NHL).
“The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles has been forged specifically to create positive change in underserved communities, with an emphasis on Black communities,” said a spokesperson for the organization. “All 11 teams are united in their dedication to this effort and recognize driving change is a long-term commitment. Through sports and social programming, we aim to work in communities to affect structural changes on levels that have a lasting impact.”