Daily Sports Smile: Los Angeles Rams host special 5K event to address homelessness in community

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The Los Angeles Rams partnered with United Way of L.A. to help address poverty and homelessness in the local community. The Rams helped host the inaugural WalkUnitedLA 5K event at SoFi Stadium. It is an expansion of the HomeWalk event that raised over $9.5 million since 2007.

Several fans and residents were able to participate in the event. Former Rams star Torry Holt took part in the proceedings. The goal was to raise awareness surrounding the intersectional root causes of poverty.

“With WalkUnitedLA, the Rams look forward to expanding our partnership with United Way of Greater Los Angeles and deepening our commitment to fight for housing, education and opportunity for all our neighbors in need,” Kevin Demoff, Rams Chief Operating Officer said in a press release.

Many residents walked for several causes. The popular ones included walking for human rights, homelessness and housing. 

The special event raised funds to provide quality education for students and ensure greater economic mobility. The Hilton Foundation also pledged to match up to $400,000 towards the fight to end homelessness in L.A. County.

The Rams were great hosts as well. Participants were supported throughout the run with encouragement from Rams mascot Rampage and others. The event was a success as the Rams contributed to helping make a difference in their local community.