LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2019 — United Way of Greater Los Angeles announces open registration for its annual HomeWalk 5K and names three Los Angeles Rams players as HomeWalk team captains:
- Aaron Donald (#99), Defensive Tackle, 2017 and 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and five-time Pro-Bowler
- Andrew Whitworth (#77), Offensive Tackle, four-time Pro-Bowler and 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award nominee
- Johnny Hekker (#6), Punter, four-time Pro-Bowler
The 12th annual HomeWalk 5K Family Run/Walk to Bring EVERYONE IN will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles and has become the largest public event to end homelessness in the nation.
“Our most vulnerable neighbors need our help. Whether it’s single mothers and families, veterans or people who have fallen on hard times because of a loss of job or medical crisis, homelessness has many faces,” says Kevin Demoff, COO, Los Angeles Rams. “At the Rams, our goal is to use our platform to rally ourselves, our community and all of Los Angelesto climb to new heights and tackle this pressing issue together with compassion, humanity and teamwork.”
“HomeWalk has provided 19,000 homes to our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and we know homes end homelessness,” says Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “This walk does more than fundraise — it unites our communities — and we know with the support of our three Rams HomeWalk team captains and the entire Los Angeles Rams organization, we are going to house even more of L.A. County’s 53,000 individuals who live every day on the streets.”
During its 11-year history, HomeWalk has successfully mobilized more than 100,000 people and raised $8.6 million in funding, which directly funded permanent supportive housing for L.A. County’s most vulnerable neighbors.