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Rams ‘Fan of the Year’ — Compton firefighter Deonte McReynolds

 
 
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Deonte McReynolds was surprised by a visit to Fire Station No. 2 by the Rams mascot to announce his selection as “Fan of the Year.” Courtesy Los Angeles Rams

 

Firefighter, Compton native lifelong Rams fan

 

COMPTON (MNS) — The Los Angeles Rams have named Compton firefighter Deonte McReynolds, “Fan of the Year.”

McReynolds, an 11-year veteran of the Compton Fire Department, and a lifelong Rams fan, was born and raised in Compton, His wife ,Brittany, who submitted his nomination for the title, said her husband wears his Rams jersey every game day, “even if he has to work at the fire station.”

The Rams, who moved back home to Los Angeles in 2016, “Are a huge part of my husband’s identity,” Brittany added. “They give him hope. I can remember when we moved my grandmother from Houston to Los Angeles driving a U-Haul that broke down, my husband didn't fret because we got to watch the Rams-Tampa Bay game in the truck on the iPad.

“As a firefighter for an underserved community, my husband goes to work day in and day out giving his all to a community that is so often neglected and forgotten and he does it so proudly,” said Brittany. “He exemplifies a super fan and I truly am his because of all of those things.”

The Rams surprised Deonte at his fire station to break the news to him, and Safety John Johnson, III face-timed him to break the news of his selection as Fan of the Year. With the honor  comes a tour of SoFi Stadium. Rampage, the Rams mascot also made a surprise visit to the station to present Deonte with a personalized jersey and a $500 fan shop gift card.

Metropolis News Service.

 

LA Rams support local Juneteenth events

INGLEWOOD --- In recognition of Juneteenth, the Los Angeles Rams are supporting a series of community initiatives to celebrate the holiday with the Inglewood community.

As part of the commemoration, the Rams will provide promotional support for Black-owned, Certified #RamsHouse businesses in Inglewood, distribute meals to residents in partnership with the Inglewood Chamber and a Certified #RamsHouse business, as well as recognize 20 local student-athletes who have exemplified excellence in their respective sports and in the classroom.

Juneteenth is the oldest-celebrated commemoration of the official end of slavery. Despite the emancipation proclamation two years earlier, Union soldiers traveled to Texas to inform slaves they were free. Today, Juneteenth is a symbol of total freedom.

Below is a list of initiatives taking place on Saturday: Promotional Support for Black-Owned, Certified #RamsHouse Businesses. The Rams are encouraging fans to visit four Black-owned, Certified #RamsHouse businesses in Inglewood. All fans, visitors and residents who stop by the following locations at select times can receive a special giveaway as well as free meals and gift certificates.

• The Serving Spoon, 1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, from 8-10 a.m.

• Sonder, 108 S. Market St, Inglewood, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• The Sammiche Shop, 222 E. Regent St, Inglewood, 12-2 p.m.

• Kenny Q’s Bar-B-Q, 11010 S. Prairie Ave, 12-4 p.m.

(Note: All giveaways for fans visiting these businesses can be provided while supplies last.)

• LA Rams team-up with Inglewood Chamber, local diner for meal distribution

 

The Los Angeles Rams have teamed-up with the Inglewood Chamber and Certified #RamsHouse Business, Wood Urban Kitchen, to distribute meals to residents battling food insecurity in the Inglewood community.

The meal distribution is expected to serve 1,500 local residents, including senior citizens, and Salvation Army families.Volunteers at the meal distribution will include team mascot Rampage, Rams cheerleaders, and DJ Mal-Ski. The meal distribution will occur at Wood Urban Kitchen, 129 N. Market St, Inglewood, from 1-6 p.m.

Leimert Park Celebration

In continuation of  Leimert Park Rising’s annual Juneteenth festival, the Rams will recognize 20 local-student athletes who exemplified excellence in their respective sports and in the classroom. Each athlete will receive a customized Rams jersey and a $100 gift card to support their athletic equipment needs. The celebration also will feature art and performances that honor Black culture and educate attendees about the significance of Juneteenth. The celebration will take place at Leimert Park located at 4343 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, from 12-7 p.m.

About the Certified #RamsHouse program

Launched in 2020, the Certified #RamsHouse program supports businesses throughout the Los Angeles region. To help support social justice and the Inglewood community, home to SoFi Stadium. The program also supports Black-owned businesses located in Inglewood.

Business owners may apply to become a Certified #RamsHouse business at the Rams’ website and receive email marketing support, promotional social media content, a listing in the Rams Royal Pages digital business directory and more. Each Certified #RamsHouse receives branded window decals, banners, shirts, hats and other items to showcase their Rams pride for customers.

For more information about the Certified #RamsHouse program, visit https://www.therams.com/community/certified-rams-house. Contacts: Chase Isaacs, Los Angeles Rams, cisaacs@rams.nfl.com, (818) 961-7856; Tatum Texada, Los Angeles Rams, ttexada@rams.nfl.com

Metropolis News Service.