In 2013, the Watts Rams, originally founded as the Watts Bears, were started by LAPD officers in the Southeast Division with a goal of providing mentorship and positively influencing the youth of the community.
In 2019, the Rams took on a sponsorship role for the program and have been supporting the young players ever since. On Friday, the Watts Rams were rewarded for their many performances.
Along with the mural, they also got sweaters and t-shirts from Nike. But the best part of the surprise is when Rams player Odell Beckham Jr. participated in the unveiling virtually to present 19 Watts Rams players with NFL Super Bowl tickets.
Emotions were high among the players after receiving the Super Bowl surprise and seeing their faces painted on the wall.
“It means girls can do anything, powerfully. It makes me feel confident in myself,” said Andrea Castillo, who was involved in the mural.
“When I saw my face up there,” Noah Williams said, looking at herself in the mirror. “It’s a blessing just to be on the wall for a long time, and man, it’s just an honor.”
“It was crazy when I talked to Odell, I was literally shaking at the moment. I could not believe it,” Evan Williams said of the surprising virtual visit from Odell Beckham Jr. “Super Bowl tickets, Super Bowl! Honestly, I’m grateful. Super grateful. I’m blessed.”
The young players received Super Bowl tickets as part of a season-long incentive program with the NFL.
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