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The Los Angeles Rams were recognized by the City Council Friday for stepping in to donate sports uniforms and equipment to a San Fernando Valley area high school football team that took a $7,000 hit in an office break-in.

“The Rams haven’t even played a game yet in Los Angeles and they are already making a difference in the community,” Councilman Bob Blumenfield said before presenting a commendation to the team.

“I’m so excited to have them in L.A. and to thank them for helping a local high school,” Blumenfield said.

Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ vice president of football operations, said the team “couldn’t have been more proud to have worked with Cleveland (Charter) High School and Gamebreaker and Adidas to replace the equipment that was stolen from the team offices.”

The stolen money had been raised by Cleveland Charter High School Cavaliers team members through car washes, yard sales and sales of discount cards, head coach Matthew Gentle said.

The team had planned to put the money toward jerseys, football cleats, uniforms, helmets and other equipment to be used during spring training. A parent reached out to the Rams for help, and “within five minutes, they responded,” Gentle said.

He said the team will be using some of the donated equipment at tomorrow’s passing league tournament at Los Angeles Pierce College. Asked how he thinks the team will do, Gentle said, “We plan to win it!”

—City News Service

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