For the second consecutive year, Rams Receiver Cooper Kupp is donating $15,000 worth of Nike product to support Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) students. Kupp's donation will be used as incentive items to reward IUSD students for maintaining strong attendance, participation and engagement in school and their education.
"Anna and I are really excited to partner with Inglewood Unified again this year to provide Nike apparel to the kids in LA that are setting the standard for what high character and intrinsic motivation looks like," said Cooper Kupp. "Getting an education while also respecting, loving, and positively challenging your peers are qualities that this world desperately needs."
The donation items will consist of shirts, shorts, and sweatshirts. In May of 2020, Kupp purchased $15,000 worth of Nike gear to help meet the clothing needs of 23 at-promise students and families identified by IUSD for the 2020 school year.
"This donation will help encourage and motivate our phenomenal students to continue to participate and engage in virtual distance learning," said IUSD County Administrator, Dr. Erika Torres. "Through these challenging times, Cooper Kupp and the Rams have been incredible partners and continued to support our Inglewood Unified School District students and families. We are so grateful for Cooper Kupp's generous donation."
The partnership between the Rams and IUSD has benefitted students and families since the team moved back to Los Angeles in 2016. In the past year, the Rams have worked with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to supplement 'grab and go' meals and food kits for IUSD families, donated Microsoft Surface tablets to IUSD students lacking technological resources to engage in coursework, hosted career panels for high school students and reading sessions for elementary students, provided masks to IUSD student-families, distributed at-home exercise videos and equipment, and much more. Since 2016, the team has provided more than 1,814 hours of community service in Inglewood which is home to SoFi Stadium.