On Tuesday, January 24th, South Bay Lakers players and coaching staff teamed up with Union Rescue Mission for a community day of service.
Union Rescue Mission is one of the largest rescue missions in the United States, and the oldest in Los Angeles. For over 130 years, people with feelings of distress and despair have been coming to Union Rescue Mission seeking help. The Union Rescue Mission, located on Skid Row, serves men, women, and children facing homelessness with life services such as meals, showers, shelter, and medical care, along with deeper life-changing programs.
South Bay Lakers staff and players participated in chopping vegetables, serving food, and providing South Bay Lakers cheer. Everyone’s hands were busy as homeless and recovering guests came through for a warm meal. Lakers legend, South Bay Lakers announcer, and URM volunteer AC Green also participated in the day. The volunteer efforts of the South Bay Lakers teaming up with Union Rescue Mission led to the well-being of hundreds of constituents of the Union Rescue Mission.
“Coach Simon came to us to ask if there was anything his players could do in the community. He wanted to provide a hands-on experience with the people of Los Angeles and give the players the experience of giving back,” explained Kara Rooney, Los Angeles Lakers Community Relations, Senior Manager. “Union Rescue Mission is an emergency home for many people facing hardships in their lives, and serves over 3,000 meals a day. We knew the South Bay Lakers could make an impact.”
Visiting Union Rescue Mission demonstrated that South Bay Lakers care about the well-being of our community and our families. The team helped our community to keep children and families fed and happy during their most difficult times.