Sparks Renew Partnership with The GRYD Foundation and Summer Night Lights

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks are excited to announce the renewal of a partnership agreement with Summer Night Lights (SNL), a program from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and The GRYD Foundation, which stands for Gang Reduction & Youth Development.

The Sparks and The GRYD Foundation have been annual partners since 2015, working together to put on Summer Night Lights skills-based clinics in several park sites to provide youth an opportunity to get fit while having fun and simultaneously avoiding exposure to violence, vaping and other negative influences.

This season, in light of COVID-19, the Sparks will provide free virtual clinics that will live on The GRYD Foundation YouTube page. The clinics go live today.

“Each summer the LA Sparks join with Summer Night Lights and The GRYD Foundation to make sure boys and girls in Los Angeles have a positive environment to engage in activities ranging from sports and arts to professional development,” Sparks President & COO Danita Johnson said. “We are proud to join with these organizations for a sixth season and make sure the impact of this program is not lost due to these unprecedented times.”

In addition to the online basketball clinics from the Sparks, SNL programming is happening every Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. PT for six weeks from July 6 through Aug. 14. Each week has a theme including: health and wellness, art and culture, education and youth development, job skills and professional development, summer safety/sport and fitness, and summer fun/back to school.

Free grab and go meals will be available at 6-12 park locations each week. Sparks partner Adidas will provide kids with 300 basketballs and jump ropes, as well as 2,000 anti-vaping T-Shirts.

The Los Angeles Sparks began their 24th season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida in July.