NFL honors Super Bowl LVI with Project Greening – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentry

Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders and mascot Rampage receive the Golden Super Bowl shovel from Tara Battiato of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are joined by NFL Environmental Program Directors Susan and Jack Groh (Courtesy photo)

To celebrate Inglewood hosting Super Bowl LVI, the NFL teamed up with the LA Rams and several other organizations to host a beautification project at Edward Vincent Park on Saturday. Volunteers planted 56 trees in the park to honor Super Bowl LVI.

The event would not have been a success without the 140 volunteers who signed up. They not only planted trees, but they planted flowers and other types of foliage. They also participated in a park clean-up and painted some areas of the park.

“Edward Vincent Jr. Park of Inglewood is the perfect place to kick off Super Bowl LVI’s community and sustainability efforts,” said Karina Harold, vice president of major events for the Los Angeles Super Bowl host committee. “We are committed to using the Super Bowl LVI spotlight to positively impact the communities of Inglewood and Los Angeles and look forward to many more projects coming up to Super Bowl LVI in February 2022.”

Los Angeles Rams mascot Rampage helps plant 56 trees in honor of Super Bowl LVI at Edward Vincent Junior Park in Inglewood (Courtesy photo)

Inglewood Mayor James Butts was also on hand to receive the symbolic Super Bowl “golden shovel” which is presented to each Super Bowl host community. Vice President of Community Impact and Executive Director of the Glazer Vision Foundation of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tara Battiato presented the golden shovel to Mayor Butts.

“Today’s event marked the passing of the Golden Shovel, the symbol of greening the Super Bowl community, from the host community of Tampa Bay to the Los Angeles area, and the first of a series of Super Bowl LVI community greening projects, “said NFL Environmental Program Director Jack Groh.

Mayor Butts recalled when Inglewood was home to the Showtime Lakers and LA Kings during the years he served in the Inglewood Police Department. Since becoming mayor, two NFL teams, one NBA team, and the LA Youth Philharmonic Orchestra program have moved to Inglewood.

“Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles HQ leaves Marina Del Ray to come here, then NFL Media HQ, NFL Networks leaves Culver City to come here,” Butts said. “Then coming to this event where we celebrate the transfer of the Golden Shovel… it’s a total rebirth and transformation and a total change in our brand as a city. “

Over 100 volunteers helped plant 56 trees at Edward Vincent Junior Park in Inglewood in honor of Super Bowl LVI. (Courtesy photo)

Edward Vincent Jr. Park is the largest park in South Bay and the oldest park in Inglewood.

“This is the Inglewood Town Anchor Park,” said Butts. “These trees will be there decades into the future, so they are a reminder of the evolution of Inglewood.”

Several other greening projects will take place across the Los Angeles area until the Super Bowl. The NFL and the City of Inglewood’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services are teaming up to improve the Queen Park Community Garden. The NFL will also partner with the TreePeople organization to plant trees in Watts.

Boyle Heights-Mott Street Community Garden in East LA will be remodeled in partnership with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps; West Carson’s Wishing Tree Memorial Square will receive a large ‘Wishing Tree’ with assistance from the LA Neighborhood Land Trust. CultivaLA will also install a vertical herb and vegetable garden as well as fruit trees at the Westlake Community Garden.

The project at Edward Vincent Park was a gift from Tampa Bay with funding from the NFL, Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and Verizon.

Inglewood police join effort to plant 56 trees at Edward Vincent Junior Park in Inglewood (Courtesy photo)

The NFL has been running community outreach events to coincide with their major events like the Super Bowl for about 20 years. NFL Green partners with local organizations to plant trees, cultivate community gardens, build play areas for youth, restore habitats, and work on reforestation projects.

This kickoff greening project came the day before the Los Angeles Rams lost to the defending Super Bowl 34-24 champions Buccaneers.

In March, the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee created the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program, which awarded 56 nonprofits and community organizations with a grant of $ 10,000 each.

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