The sports teams of Los Angeles rallied together after two heartbeaking events in the Thousand Oaks community this week.
First, the LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, LA Clippers and LA Lakers responded to the tragedy that took place this past Wednesday with the words “ENOUGH.”
Then, the LA Rams, who practice in Thousand Oaks, offered support for both the shooting victims as well as those dealing with the recent wildfire in the area.
The Kings first used the term “ENOUGH” during their game on Thursday when both they and the Minnesota Wild they held up signs during the pregame moment of silence.
The next night, the Minnesota Wild faced the Anaheim Ducks, and the “ENOUGH” messaging continued at the Honda Center.
Clippers management took note of the Kings’ “ENOUGH” messaging and Annemarie Loflin, chief of staff of basketball operations for the Clippers, promptly decided the Clippers would wear “ENOUGH” t-shirts during Saturday afternoon’s game against Milwaukee.
The Lakers also wore “ENOUGH” t-shirts, showing that love is bigger than hate and that sports can be powerful in bringing people together.
The Rams, who practice just miles from the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, also expressed their gratitude for the first responders and sent their prayers to the community.
They hosted the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and held a moment of silence to honor the victims before the game.
Andrew Whitworth, Rams lineman, donated the amount of his gameday salary on Sunday to the Ventura Community Foundation’s Conejo Valley Victims Fund.
“It is sort of surreal to be standing here on a campus that’s closed today because of the incident,” said Rams COO Kevin Demoff. “But we’re trying to figure out how we can help.”
Several players reacted to the news on social media, sharing their grief and condolences.
Many of the Rams players and coaches live in Thousand Oaks near the team’s practice facility, and were forced to evacuate their homes.
If you would like to play a part in the healing and rebuilding of the community, you can donate to the Ventura County Community Foundation or one of the many other ways to give back to those dealing with the wildfires.