The Los Angeles Sparks’ roster is committed to improving the community-at-large and positively impacting our youth.
Past Individual and Team Activities Include:
Community Basketball Clinics
Not only do participants in our free clinics receive expert basketball instruction, they also learn about being a good teammate to others, constructive stress-reduction, and self-empowerment. Your Sparks stars are helping make basketball more accessible to everyone!
Safe Place For Youth Shoe Drives
Chelsea Gray led a game-day Sparks shoe drive effort last September during our playoff push. The drive provided shoes to 150 at-risk and homeless youth from the Los Angeles area who lack the funds to buy proper footwear for themselves. Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike, Alana Beard, and Jantel Lavendar also joined Chelsea and the Sparks to help with the shoe drive.
Disaster Relief Drives
In the face of environmental disasters, the Sparks are committed to aiding communities fractured by the unspeakable. By donating food, clothing, first aid supplies, and other goods, we can help rebuild the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society. Last year, this was a particular passion for Nneka Ogwumike. Being from Texas, she was personally affected by Hurricane Harvey’s devastation.
Habitat For Humanity Builds
For years, the Sparks have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help restore homes in the Los Angeles community. The Sparks support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide stability and independence to the lives of families everywhere through affordable and dependable housing.
Breast Health Awareness Education
In addition to in-game campaign elements, former Los Angeles forward Tiffany Jackson-Jones took different members of the community on a post-game walk and talk that focused on cancer survivorship. She also led a filmed field trip to Planned Parenthood with several season ticket holders to encourage them, their families, and their fellow community members to regularly check in on accurate breast health education and evaluation. Footage was played in-game during the annual Breast Health Awareness theme night game.
Pedal For Pat
Last year, Candace Parker led the charge for the Los Angeles Sparks’ support of the Pedal For Pat campaign, a cycling event to raise funds for the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The Sparks donated $1,098 to the cause, one dollar for every win from Pat Summitt’s legendary college coaching career and life.
Alana Beard Swim Safety
Debuted her swim safety program in 2016 to help young people learn to swim during a hands-on, annual daytime event. Beard began formulating the initiative in response to reading about the 2010 Red River tragedy, which occurred in her home state of Louisiana when five teenagers died attempting to save their friend, but perished due to a lack of swimming ability.