LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles professional sports organizations are teaming up to donate $450,000 to help people affected by the Hawaii wildfires. The Angels, Angel City Football Club, Chargers, Clippers, Dodgers, Anaheim Ducks, LA Galaxy, LAFC, Kings, Lakers, Rams and Sparks have all come together to support the American Red Cross relief efforts for those in need.
Despite California and Hawaii being separated by more than 2,000 miles, the two states are very connected with a robust Hawaiian community calling Southern California home. Many of LA’s sports teams have contributed to deepening that relationship. The Lakers held training camps in Hawaii for more than 25 years, have played multiple preseason games in Honolulu and had a Showtime reunion on Maui in 2022. The Rams played a preseason game in Hawaii in 2019. In 2022, the Dodgers opened a baseball and softball training academy in Waipahu. The Chargers have played multiple preseason games in Hawaii including in 1961 and 1976. During the LA Galaxy’s 2005 MLS Cup championship campaign, the club held a preseason training camp in Hawaii and competed in the Pan-Pacific Championship in Hawaii in 2008. For several seasons, the Angels had a Triple-A affiliate in Honolulu that produced several future Major Leaguers, including Angels Hall of Famer Bobby Knoop.
For fans interested in donating to American Red Cross to support their Hawaii Fire Relief efforts, more details can be found at www.redcross.org.