L.A. teams join forces to raise funds to help those affected by coronavirus

Talk about teaming up.

In it together, L.A. sports franchises are launching a “Teams for L.A.” campaign to raise funds to help those affected by COVID-19 in the city.

To benefit the Mayor’s L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund, the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks and Galaxy are launching a “Teams for L.A.” online sale, which will offer more than 30,000 items of logo-bearing team merchandise at discounted prices.

Proceeds from sale will support critical needs as they arise, including childcare and meals, relief and counseling for frontline healthcare workers, critical healthcare equipment as well as services for those experiencing homelessness.

“All of us in the Los Angeles sports community have been looking for additional ways to support the tremendous efforts of our City’s leadership and to help those in our community that are most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak,” said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO for AEG, in a news release. “Our collective donation of merchandise will provide our fans a way to show their ongoing support for their favorite teams while also contributing to help their fellow Angelenos in need.”

Visit teamlastore.com/collections/teamsforla to contribute by shopping for jerseys, hats, T-shirts, warm-ups, scarfs, bobbleheads and other specialty items. Those include merchandise from the Ontario Reign and Team USA basketball, as well as other high-profile event that have taken place in the city, such as the 2011 and 2018 NBA All-Star Games, the 2017 NHL All-Star Game, the Amgen Tour of California, championship boxing events, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Grammy Awards.

New items will be added as they become available as well as other ways to support those affected in our region and buyers will have the option of donating gear through the site directly to local shelters and non-profits for those that need it most.

“The Sparks are honored to partner with AEG, Staples Center, Rank + Rally, and the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Galaxy to raise money for Mayor (Eric) Garcetti’s COVID-19 crisis fund,” Sparks President and COO Danita Johnson said in a statement. “This initiative will benefit Angelenos in most critical need of our support during this difficult time while giving fans an opportunity to show pride for their teams and give back to the community.”