The Los Angeles Sparks’ roster is committed to improving the community-at-large and positively impacting our youth.
Past Individual and Team Activities Include:
Tech with Nek
Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike hosted 36 elementary school students for “Tech With Nek,” a full day devoted to learning coding basics. Students were introduced to HTML and CSS computer languages and were also taught research moethods

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!

Grey Matters Shoe Drives sponsored by ADIDAS

Chelsea Gray has held shoe drives for the past two years to provide shoes for at-risk and homeless youth from the Los Angeles area. Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike, Alana Beard, and Jantel Lavender 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 season ticket holders to encourage them, their families, and their fellow community members to regularly check in on accurate breast health education and evaluation.

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.

Pedal for Pat
Sparks’ own Candace Parker galvanized the Los Angeles community and raised $1,098 for Pedal for Pat in honor of her former coach Pat Summitt and her 1,098 career wins.