Players Coalition Announces Education Contributions To Four Los Angeles Unified School District Schools Totaling $88,000

Sebastian Joseph visits with 96th Street STEM Academy students. (Courtesy Photo)

(Los Angeles, CA, January 21, 2020) – Last Friday, Los Angeles Rams player Sebastian Joseph-Day visited 96th Street STEAM Academy to announce four, $22,000 contributions from the Players Coalition to 96th Street STEAM Academy, 116th Street Elementary School, Flournoy Elementary School and 92nd Street Elementary S.T.E.A.M Academy. These education contributions are designed to support access to STEAM education, computer science, industry-based credentials, technology certifications program, as well as the implementation, creation and design of technology labs for the students of each school.

“One of the biggest resources that we have is our students – our children from our community.  They are very capable just like anyone else. The only thing that they are lacking at times is the background knowledge or experiences. By providing a STEAM Lab we are, in essence, leveling the playing field and bringing equity to something that is missing. In this case, our students need the opportunity to develop these experiences. These STEAM Labs will provide this type of opportunity,” said Luis Heckmuller, Instructional Director for LAUSD.

96th Street STEAM Academy, 116th Street Elementary School, Flournoy Elementary School and 92nd Street Elementary S.T.E.A.M Academy are all perfectly situated to further Players Coalition’s 2019-2020 education objective of bridging the technology and resource gap in low-income communities and schools. The students, most of whom live in under-resourced communities, study computer science and robotics daily and will have expanded opportunity to hone their knowledge and skill thanks to the resources provided by this grant.

“Because of the zip codes of most of these kids, the schools they attend must work harder than most to ensure that they have access to experiences that will put them on the path to success. The issue of equity is very obvious when you visit these schools and these contributions are really going to help move the needle forward in the STEAM field for each and every student,” said Sebastian Joseph-Day, Los Angeles Rams Defensive Lineman and Players Coalition supporter.

In 2019, schools in Brooklyn, New Orleans, Seattle and Washington D.C. were all recipients of local, school-level education grants as part of the Players Coalition’s education initiatives. These grants, along with the Watts education contributions total more than $300,000. There will also be additional markets awarded grants in 2020.