The Los Angeles Rams likely have some fans at nearby Cleveland High School, especially from the football program.
According to Denise Quan of the Orange County Register, Rams defensive end Robert Quinn showed up at the school with equipment days after vandals stole $8,000 from coach Matt Gentle’s office. The money had been earmarked for new equipment.
After another bid to raise money fell short, team mother Samantha Koerner was encouraged to tell the Rams what had happened.
“Somebody suggested I send an email to the (Rams) C.O.O. I thought he wouldn’t read it. He certainly wasn’t going to respond,” she said. “Within five minutes, he emailed me back and said, ‘The Rams are on it. We’re going to do what we can to help.’”
The Rams deserve to be commended for this. It’s not only a nice way to earn goodwill with a semi-new fan base, but it’s really easy to do.
They have plenty of money and football equipment, so donating goods to a local high school team will not hurt them in any significant financial way.
On the other hand, the donation means just about everything to Cleveland High School’s football program, which would certainly have a hard time fielding a team without adequate equipment.