LOS ANGELES (KABC) – On Friday, the Los Angeles Rams and Nike presented the Watts Rams players with a surprise unveiling of a mural featuring current Rams and Watts Rams players.
In 2013, the Watts Rams, originally formed as the Watts Bears, were formed by LAPD officers in the Southeast Division with the goal of providing mentorship and positively impacting youth in the community.
The Rams sponsored the program in 2019 and have been supporting the young players ever since. On Friday, the Watts Rams were rewarded for their many achievements.
Along with the mural, they also got jerseys and t-shirts courtesy of Nike. But the best part of the surprise came when Rams player Odell Beckham Jr. attended the unveiling virtually to present 19 Watts Rams players with Super Bowl tickets provided by the NFL.
Emotions ran high among players after receiving the Super Bowl surprise and seeing their faces painted on the wall.
“It means girls can do anything, powerfully. It gives me confidence,” said Andrea Castillo, featured on the mural.
“When I saw my face up there,” Noah Williams said, looking at himself in the mirror. “It’s a blessing to be up against the wall for a long time, and man, it’s just an honor.”
“It was crazy, when I spoke to Odell I was literally shaking at the moment. I couldn’t believe it,” Evan Williams said of Odell Beckham Jr.’s surprise virtual visit. “Super Bowl tickets, Super Bowl! Honestly, I’m grateful. Super thankful. I am blessed.”
The young players received Super Bowl tickets as part of a season-long incentive program with the NFL.
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