In 2013, the Watts Rams, originally founded as the Watts Bears, were started by LAPD Southeast Division officers with the goal of providing mentorship and positively impacting youth in the community. .
In 2019, the Rams took on a sponsorship role for the program and have been supporting young players ever since. On Friday, the Watts Rams were recognized for their many accomplishments.
In addition to the mural, they also received jerseys and t-shirts courtesy of Nike. But the best part of the surprise was when Rams player Odell Beckham Jr. joined the unveiling virtually to present 19 Watts Rams players with Super Bowl tickets, provided by the NFL.
Emotions were running high among the players after receiving the Super Bowl surprise and seeing their faces painted on the wall.
“It means girls can do anything, powerful. It gives me confidence,” said Andrea Castillo, who featured in the mural.
“When I saw my face up there,” Noah Williams said looking at himself in the mirror. “It’s a blessing to be on the wall for a long time, and man, it’s just an honor.”
“It was crazy, when I was talking to Odell, I was literally shaking in the moment. I couldn’t believe it,” Evan Williams said of Odell Beckham Jr.’s surprise virtual visit. “Tickets to the Super Bowl, Super Bowl! Honestly, I’m grateful. Super grateful. I’m blessed.”
The young players received the Super Bowl tickets as part of a season-long incentive program with the NFL.
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