Community Relations News Archives

Team Up 2014 Habitat for Humanity - House Build
2014 Habitat for Humanity - House Build in Lynwood, CA. Watch here...

Little Big Shot Little Big Shot Tournament in Los Angeles
Jack in the Box® and the Los Angeles Lakers partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Little Big Shot Tournament in Los Angeles. Read more...

Wish Night with the Lakers Wish Night with the Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers hosted their annual “Wish Night with the Lakers” at STAPLES Center on February 11th, 2014. The Los Angeles Lakers proudly support the efforts of Make-A-Wish of Greater Los Angeles. Read more...

Lakers Dance Clinic Laker Girl Dance Clinic
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Laker Girls invited season seat holders to be Fit for Life and to participate in a Laker Girl dance clinic at the Toyota Sports Center practice facility. Read more...

Triqui The Triqui boys’ basketball team visits Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Lakers and Time Warner Cable Deportes welcomed the Triqui boys’ basketball team to Los Angeles to enjoy a series of special activities with the Lakers organization. Read more...

2013-14 Student and Educator of the Month Student and Educator of the Month: December 2013
The Lakers are proud to announce the December 2013 Student and Educator of the Month winners! Read more...

2013-14 Lakers Holiday Party 2013-14 Lakers Holiday Party
This holiday season the Lakers and East West Bank continued their tradition of providing one-of-a-kind holiday experiences during their annual “Season of Giving” community initiative. Read more...

2013-14 Adopt-A-Family 2013-14 Adopt-A-Family
For the second year in a row the Lakers participated in the Adopt-A-Family Program as part of their holiday community initiative, “Season of Giving” with East West Bank. Read more...

2013-14 Student and Educator of the Month Student and Educator of the Month: November 2013
The Lakers are proud to announce the November 2013 Student and Educator of the Month winners! Read more...

2013 Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving Laker fans. Check out some of our video highlights from around the Thanksgiving holiday. Watch video...

2013 Season of Giving 2013 A Season of Giving: Thanksgiving Celebration
The Lakers kicked off the East West Bank “A Season of Giving” on Monday, November 18th by teaming with Lucille’s Bar-B-Que in Torrance to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to the community. Read more...

Chick Hearn Night Chick Hearn Night
On Sunday, November 24th 2013, the Lakers will honor the memory of their Hall of Fame broadcaster Chick Hearn with the annual Chick Hearn Night at STAPLES Center. Learn more...

Kobe Bryant 7th Annual HomeWalk To End Homelessness
Join Honorary Chair Kobe Bryant and United Way of Greater Los Angeles on November 23rd at the 7th annual HomeWalk to end homelessness! Learn more...

Student and Educator logo Student and Educator of the Month: Enrollment 2013-14
The Student and Educator of the Month contest allows for schools in the Los Angeles area to nominate outstanding faculty members and students for a chance to be recognized for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics and in the community. Nominate Here

Read to Achieve logo Read to Achieve
Enroll for the 13th Annual Lakers Reading Challenge, a recreational reading incentive program designed to encourage elementary school students to read outside of their regular schoolwork. Enroll Here

Fit For Life Health Fare Fit For Life Health Fair
Check out the Lakers Community Fit For Life Health Fair. Watch Video

Fit For Life - Healthy Recipes with Chef Marsh Mokhtaru - Parfait Fit For Life - Healthy Recipes with Chef Marsh Mokhtari
Learn how to make a delicious fruit Parfait with Chef Marsh Mokhtari. Watch Video

Fit For Life - Healthy Recipes with Chef Marsh Mokhtaru - Breakfast in Bread Fit For Life - Healthy Recipes with Chef Marsh Mokhtari
Learn how to make Breakfast in Bread with Chef Marsh Mokhtari. Watch Video

2012-2013 Lakers Community Relations Season Recap 2014-2013 Lakers Community Relations Season Recap
Take a look at the 2012-2013 Lakers Community Relations Season Recap. Watch Video

Pau Gasol in Iraq Pau Gasol Visits Syrian Refugees in Iraq
Pau Gasol talks about his time in Iraq and his experiences with Syrian refugees. Read More

Fit For Life Health Fair 2012-13 Read to Achieve
Darius Morris, Jodie Meeks and some of the Laker Girls participated in the Lakers Read to Achieve program. Watch Video

Fit For Life Health Fare 2012-13 Fit For Life Health Fair
250 students from elementary schools and middle schools throughout Los Angeles County came out to the 4th Annual Lakers Fit For Life Health Fair on April 16th with the Laker Girls and Laker players. Read More

Lakers Casino Night Lakers Casino Night
On March 10th, 2013, after the Lakers defeated the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers players and coaches headed across the street to Club Nokia for the 2013 Lakers Casino Night, benefitting the Lakers Youth Foundation. Read More

Sports Court at Children’s Institute, Inc. Sports Court at Children’s Institute, Inc.
The Lakers Youth Foundation, the Los Angeles Lakers and OneWest Bank joined the Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) for the grand opening of a new Sports Court at CII’s headquarters, just west of downtown Los Angeles. Read More

Kobe Bryant Fit For Life YOU GRANT! March 2013
The Lakers Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its March 2013 YOU GRANT! Five Los Angeles area nonprofit organizations will be in the running to win one $5,000 grant from the Lakers Youth Foundation, and the winner is decided by YOU! Read More

Kobe Bryant Fit For Life 2012-13 Fit For Life Features - Kobe Bryant Fit For Life
How has Kobe Bryant kept his body healthy for the last 17 seasons? Read about his full-body ice baths, multiple stretching exercises and healthy eating habits which have become a part of his everyday lifestyle. Read More

Metta World Peace Receives the UCLA Health System CICARE Award Metta World Peace Receives UCLA Health System CICARE Award
The 7th Annual "Freedom Through My Eyes" Art & Essay Contest which offers Los Angeles County middle school students the chance to earn the field trip of a lifetime! Read More

7th Annual Freedom Through My Eyes 7th Annual “Freedom Through My Eyes”
The 7th Annual "Freedom Through My Eyes" Art & Essay Contest which offers Los Angeles County middle school students the chance to earn the field trip of a lifetime! Read More

Adopt-a-Family Los Angeles Lakers & East West Bank Adopt 8 Families for the Holidays
As part of “Season of Giving” presented by East West Bank the Los Angeles Lakers participated in an Adopt-A-Family program with LAUSD’s Homeless Education Program. Read More

Dwight Howard Serving Thanksgiving Dinner “A Season of Giving”, presented by East West Bank, Continues with the Lakers Holiday Party For Kids
Eighty children from Los Angeles area Boys & Girls Clubs joined the Lakers players, the Laker Girls, and staff for the Lakers Holiday Party for Kids as part of “A Season of Giving”, presented by East West Bank. Read More

Lakers YOU Grant YOU GRANT! January 2013
The Lakers Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its January 2013 YOU GRANT! Five Los Angeles area nonprofit organizations will be in the running to win one $5,000 grant from the Lakers Youth Foundation, and the winner is decided by YOU! Read More

Steve Nash at the Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving Celebration 2012
The Lakers held a Thanksgiving Celebration at Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in Torrance as part of "A Season of Giving", presented by East West Bank. Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, and the Laker Girls served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to mentoring pairs from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Read MoreWatch the video

Thanksgiving Turkey Give Away Lakers Thanksgiving Turkey Give Away
As part of “A Season of Giving” presented by East West Bank, Pau Gasol and the Laker Girls distributed Thanksgiving turkeys on to residents of Harbor Hills Housing Community. Read MoreWatch the video

Thanksgiving Celebration 2012 Thanksgiving Celebration Video 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Lakers! We're thankful for all your love and support throughout the year. Go Lakers! Watch the Video

Lakers Read To Achieve Read to Achieve
Since 2002, the Lakers have created or renovated fourteen Lakers Reading Rooms or Lakers Learning Centers throughout Los Angeles and Hawaii. Each site was remodeled with new carpet, new paint, framed Lakers photos, bookshelves, tables, chairs, sofas and new children’s books, offering children a safe and fun learning environment dedicated to literacy. Learn More

Lakers YOU Grant YOU GRANT! November Winner
Congratulations to the Friendship Circle for winning the November 2012 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant! The Friendship Circle will be invited to a Lakers home game to receive the check on the STAPLES Center court from the Lakers Youth Foundation. Read More

Lakers Team Up with TreePeople Lakers Team Up with TreePeople
As part of the Los Angeles Lakers staff community service initiative, Lakers Team Up, staffers joined TreePeople for a morning filled with learning about and helping to maintain the health of trees at a local Inglewood Park. Read More | Photos

Pau Gasol Awarded NBA’s Season Long Community Assist Award Pau Gasol Awarded NBA’s Season Long Community Assist Award
Congratulations to Pau Gasol for being awarded the NBA’s season long Community Assist Award for the 2011-2012 season. The league presents the Community Assist Award monthly throughout the season as well as a final award at the end of the season to recognize players for their year-round charitable efforts. Pau Gasol Awarded NBA’s Season Long Community Assist Award

Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT EmpowHer Institute Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT - Winner
Congratulations to the EmpowHer Institute on winning the $2,500 YOU Grant. Their mission is to empower girls and women. Thank you to all those who voted and made this contest a success.Read about the EmpowHer Institute

Lakers Viewing Party at Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles Lakers Viewing Party at Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles On May 21st, the Laker Girls and Laker employees joined 150 young boys and girls at the Boyx & Girls Club of East Los Angeles for dinner and Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Viewing Party | GALLERY

Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT April Winners Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT April Winners
Congratulations to the Khalili Foundation for winning the first ever Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant! The Khalili Foundation was presented a $2,500 check from Roberta Mariani, Associate Director of the Lakers Youth Foundation, at the Lakers vs. Thunder game on April 22nd, 2012. Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT April Winners

Lakers Viewing Party at Culver City Senior Center Lakers Viewing Party at Culver City Senior Center
Lakers employees joined 100 seniors at the Culver City Senior Center for dinner and Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Upon entering the dining/viewing area of the Senior Center, the patrons were greeted by Lakers staffers and given a “ONE AT A TIME” t-shirt and raffle ticket to be entered in to the halftime prize raffle. Lakers Viewing Party at Culver City Senior Center | PHOTO GALLERY

Read to Achieve Grand Prize School Visit: Riviera Elementary School Read to Achieve Grand Prize School Visit: Riviera Elementary School
Students in Ms. Graham’s 5th class at Riviera Elementary School in Torrance, CA were named as one of the grand prize winners of this year’s Read to Achieve contest! Read to Achieve Grand Prize School Visit

Fit For Life Health Fair Fit For Life Health Fair
300 students from elementary schools and middle schools throughout Los Angeles County came out to the 3rd Annual Lakers Fit For Life Health Fair on April 24th for an afternoon of nutrition lessons and fun exercise with the Laker Girls and Laker players. Fit For Life Health Fair | PHOTO GALLERY

Eco Week presented by East West Bank Lakers Host Charity Golf Invitational
For the 22nd consecutive year, the Lakers hosted their annual Celebrity Golf Invitational and Dinner at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, all for the benefit of the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation.
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Eco Week presented by East West Bank Eco Week presented by East West Bank
During the week of April 4, the National Basketball Association partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council for the third annual NBA Green Week in an effort to generate awareness and funds for protecting the environment.

April Student & Educator of the Month Winners April Student & Educator of the Month Winners
The Lakers are proud to announce the April 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Tommy Voong and Zoey Cigar-Hodge. The winning teachers are Joe Nguyen and Jenny Burman. The winning principal is Bonnie Carter. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Lakers Fit for Life Timeout at York Elementary School Lakers Fit for Life Timeout at York Elementary School
Ramon Sessions, Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris, along with Laker Girls, formed three teams to compete against each other to make the best sandwich and smoothie at the Fit for Life Timeout at York Elementary School.

Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards: February Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards: February
Read about The March Comerica Bank Best of L.A. Women's Business Award Honorees Shelly Ulaj, Johnnie Savoy, and Debbie Fan.

LAKERS CLEAN DOCKWEILER BEACH WITH DELTA AIR LINES AND HEAL THE BAY LAKERS CLEAN DOCKWEILER BEACH WITH DELTA AIR LINES AND HEAL THE BAY
The Los Angeles Lakers teamed up with their official airline partner, Delta Air Lines and Heal the Bay to clean up Dockweiler State Beach. Andrew Bynum, Andrew Goudelock and the Laker Girls each captained a team of 20 people in a trash pick-up competition. One hundred and eighty eight pounds of trash was collected overall, and Team Gold, led by Andrew Goudelock, was the winning team, collecting seventy eight pounds of trash.

Read to Achieve Grand Prize - Edison Elementary Read to Achieve Grand Prize - Edison Elementary
Students in Ms. Jackson’s 2nd and 3rd grade combo class at Edison Elementary School in Torrance, CA were named as one of the grand prize winners of this year’s Read to Achieve contest! All of the students in Room 22 successfully completed the program.

Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards: February Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards: February
Read about The February Comerica Bank Best of L.A. Women's Business Award Honorees Sophie Alpert, Kristin Nelson, Patricia Zarate, and Angela Agrusa.

March Student & Educator of the Month Winners March Student & Educator of the Month Winners
The Lakers are proud to announce the March 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Jasmin Madrigal, Alexis Heather Sotelo and Sean Boldt. The winning teachers are Latrece Polk and Jermaine Love. The winning principal is Jessica Boro. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Watts Willowbrook Senior Center Viewing Party Watts Willowbrook Senior Center Viewing Party
Lakers employees along with members of the Laker Girls, joined 80 seniors at the Watts Willowbrook Senior Center for a Lakers Viewing Party. While the Lakers competed against the Washington Wizards on the road in Washington DC, the seniors were treated to a Barbeque dinner courtesy of the Lucille’s BBQ.

February Student & Educator of the Month Winners February Student & Educator of the Month Winners
The Lakers are proud to announce the February 2012 Student and Educator of the Month winners! This month’s student winners are Julio Flores, Crystal Torres and Evelyn Parada. The winning teachers are Karen Fry and Marissa Martinez. The winning principal is Debbie Tate. Each winner demonstrates an outstanding commitment to academia, athletics, and community outreach.

Lakers Youth Foundation & Jersey Mike's Subs Team Up For Month of Giving in March Lakers Youth Foundation & Jersey Mike's Subs Team Up For Month of Giving in March
The Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation is joining forces with 55 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants in the L.A. area for the 2nd Annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign to help make a difference in children's lives.

Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards: January Comerica Bank Best of LA Women's Business Awards: January
Read about The January Comerica Bank Best of L.A. Women's Business Award Honerees Patricia Jones and Samira Asemanfar.

Freedom Through My Eyes 2012 Freedom Through My Eyes 2012
This February, the Lakers and Lakers Youth Foundation continued their tradition as “champions on the court and in the community” by sponsoring a trip to Washington DC for winners of the sixth annual Lakers “Freedom Through My Eyes” Art/Essay Contest.

Freedom Through My Eyes 2012 Photo Gallery Freedom Through My Eyes 2012 Photo Gallery
Check out pictures from the "Freedom Through My Eyes" contest.

Wish Night with the Lakers Wish Night with the Lakers
During the game versus the Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers Youth Foundation showed their support for Make-A-Wish of Greater Los Angeles by pledging $200 for every free throw that was made by a Laker.

Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT
The Lakers Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its first ever YOU GRANT! Five Los Angeles area nonprofit organizations will be in the running to win one $2,500 grant from the Lakers Youth Foundation, and the winner is decided by YOU!