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Greater Los Angeles’ 11 Pro Sports Teams unite as allies in new collaboration – The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles – to utilize sport for social justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teams Join with Play Equity Fund to Support Communities of Color and Level the Playing Field

 

July 14, 2020

LOS ANGELES (July 14, 2020) – In a collaboration to pursue change in communities of color and develop meaningful programs, the 11 professional sports organizations in greater Los Angeles have joined together to launch The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles, a comprehensive five-year commitment to drive investment and impact for social justice through sport.

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. These innovative cooperative response models of engagement are aimed to inspire similar actions nationally.

The 11 professional sports teams that form The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles include the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Chargers, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Football Club, LA Galaxy, LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Sparks. The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles was formed in addition to the robust efforts of the teams’ community affairs departments and foundations, which will continue their charitable activities across the region.

“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 ALLIANCE: Los Angeles. “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.”

The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles is partnering with the Play Equity Fund to manage this initiative in greater Los Angeles. A 501(c)3 public charity, the Play Equity Fund was established in Los Angeles to drive social change across communities through sport. It is the only nonprofit worldwide dedicated to Play Equity as a social justice issue to bring the transformative power of sport and structured play to youth – regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or gender – who have been left behind by the current system.

The Orange County-based franchises will expand upon their established partnership of investing in organizations and programs making positive change. Formed in 2013 by the Ducks, Angels and Disneyland Resort, the Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim collaborative was created to address the urgent needs of Anaheim’s at-risk youth and families.

“The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles is an unprecedented collaboration by sports organizations recognizing the impact they can have by working together, and they should be commended for seeking to make significant changes in communities of color,” said Renata Simril, President of the Play Equity Fund. “The Los Angeles region is one of the world’s most competitive markets, and sports is one of the world’s most competitive industries. But these organizations are putting their competitive instincts aside to work collaboratively for social justice.”

The term social justice can be broadly defined as the degree of fairness or justice in the opportunities and access to resources, wealth, political representation, and privileges within a given society. In neighborhoods with high poverty rates, opportunities to play – a globally recognized fundamental human right of childhood – oftentimes do not exist, particularly for kids of color.

Barriers include the elimination or reduction of enrichment of programs, budget challenges for afterschool programs including sports, safe passage to playgrounds, transportation, lack of trained and well-paid coaches and the rising costs of athletics and intramural programs. These factors severely limit access and opportunities for kids of color to build a pathway to lifelong wellbeing. The pro teams of the ALLIANCE: Los Angeles are united in their determination to combat this injustice.

The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles and the Play Equity Fund will hold a Sports for Social Justice Symposium on July 22, to coincide with National Youth Sports Week, which is July 20-24. This webinar will include leaders from the sports organizations, as well as social justice leaders and sports commentators.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY LA ANGELS, LA DODGERS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Women’s Basketball pioneer, Hall of Famer, Anne Donovan passes away

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY SPORTS INFORMATION

June 13, 2018

Anne Donovan 2011 photo By Sphilbrick - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Hall of Famer Anne Donovan died Wednesday, June 13. She was 56.

Donovan death was determined to be of heart failure in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“My heart aches for the loss of Lady Monarch legend and Hall of Famer, Anne Donovan. An exceptional player, coach and even better person, her legacy will be remembered for years to come,” ODU Women’s Basketball head coach Nikki McCray said. “I am thankful to have known her and now to coach at her alma mater. Rest in peace, coach.”

Donovan was recognized by virtually every post season and All-American squad in the nation during her ODU career, earning Kodak All-American honors for three years and Academic All-American honors for two straight seasons. Her honors culminated in 1983 with her naming as the Naismith Trophy winner as the national Player of the Year as selected by coaches and awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship for her academic achievements. Anne completed her four years at ODU with a 3.5 cumulative average in her major of leisure studies and became the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in ODU history with 2,719 points and 1,976 rebounds. She is still the NCAA’s all-time shot blocker with 801.

Donovan graced the sport of women’s basketball at Old Dominion University from 1979 to 1983, helping to lead the Lady Monarchs to a national championship in 1980 and two more “Final Four” appearances during her four years.

In 2008, as the USA Olympic Head Coach, Donovan led the squad to gold medal, making her the first player turned head coach to win gold as both.

A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Anne was one of the most highly recruited high school players in the nation. A graduate of Paramus Catholic, the 6-8 center earned Parade Player-of-the-Year honors in 1979 before signing with ODU.

As an ambassador for her sport, Anne achieved international notoriety as a member of the gold medal United States basketball team in the 1984 Olympics and she continued to play with the national team through the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Anne returned to her alma mater in 1987 as a part-time assistant basketball coach, following five years of competition in Japan. She was later elevated to full time assistant and remained at Old Dominion until 1997. Donovan was also a head coach at East Carolina University, where she guide the Lady Pirates to the 1997 CAA finals, the Philadelphia Rage of the ABL, interim head coach with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and in 2001 became the head coach of the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA.

Anne Donovan in action (courtesy Old Dominion Sports Information)

In 2001, she led the Sting to the WNBA finals and in 2002 won the WNBA Eastern Conference. In 2003, Donovan moved west to Seattle as its head coach, leading the Storm to the WNBA title in 2004. She also coached in the WNBA for New York and Connecticut, as well as the head coach at Seton Hall for four years.

Calling upon a coach who has been entrenched in USA Basketball for nearly three decades, USA Basketball announced on Jan. 12, 2006 that Donovan would serve as the head coach of the USA Basketball Women’s Senior national team for 2006-08. She served as an assistant coach for team USA during its gold medal wins in 1998, 2002 and 2004.

On Sept. 30, 2007, USA basketball, coached by Donovan defeated Cuba, 101-71 to qualify for the 2008 games in Beijing, China.

Donovan is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame (1995), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (1999), the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (1996), the ODU Sports Hall of Fame(1988) and the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame (1994). In October of 2009 she was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

On Oct. 24, 2004, she was named by the Sun Belt Conference as its All-Time Women’s Basketball Player. On Jan. 13, 2008, Anne was awarded the NCAA 25-year Award in Nashville, TN. On Dec. 13, 2008 Anne was presented with an honorary Doctorate’s degree from Old Dominion University. In 2010 she was be inducted in the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

Old Dominion University statistics

 

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% FT% RPG APG BPG PPG
1979-80 Old Dominion University 38 648 63.0% 53.9% 12.9 1.6 6.0 17.1
1980-81 Old Dominion University 35 879 63.8% 71.4% 16.2 1.5 5.7 25.1
1981-82 Old Dominion University 28 579 64.0% 69.7% 14.7 2.6 6.0 20.7
1982-83 Old Dominion University 35 613 61.4% 66.9% 14.4 2.5 5.9 17.5
Career 136 2719 63.1% 66.1% 14.5 2.0 5.9 20.0

 

 

OLD DOMINION CAREER STATS COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

WNBA issues statement on death of Anne Donovan

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY WNBA MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Former Oklahoma star Paris signed by Tulsa Shock

 

The Tulsa Shock  have signed former Oklahoma Sooners star Courtney Paris.

Paris finished her career with 20 NCAA and 57 Big 12 records.

Her twin sister, Ashley also played at Oklahoma.

Courtney Paris (courtesy of Oklahoma athletics)

Bad luck has seemed to follow Paris in her quest for a pro career.

Paris was the No. 7 overall pick of Sacramento in 2009 but the team folded at the end of the season. The 6-foot-4 daughter of former NFL player, Bubba Paris, was selected in the dispersal draft by Chicago but did not earn a roster spot. In 2011, she signed with the Los Angeles Sparks and was waived three months later. She landed with Atlanta in June 2011 and was waived a few weeks ago.

 

Info compiled from WNBA, Tulsa Shock & Oklahoma Sooners news

WBNA’s Chicago Sky driving towards first playoff berth in new season

 

(courtesy of Chicago Sky via wikipedia commons)

The Chicago Sky was founded in 2005 and have played on the court since the 2006 season in the WNBA.

The team has never made the playoffs. Their highest win total was 16 in 2009 and the lowest was five their first season.

The Sky have finished between 5th and 7th in the Eastern Conference.

Their head coach is Pokey Chatman and the team has made some offseason moves to improve their chances for a playoff berth.

6’6 Sylvia Fowles was already in house, but they’ve added four veterans in Le’coe Willingham, Ticha Penicheiro, Ruth Riley and Swin Cash. That quartet have won a total of eight WNBA championships, so they know how to win.

The Sky have also added Shay Murphy, who scored 9.8 points per game last year for the Indiana Fever.

So far, the Sky is off to a good start with a 1-0 record.

Sylvia Fowles (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

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