The LA Galaxy Foundation held its annual equipment sale on Sunday, March 21, to collect funds for charitable foundations throughout the Los Angeles area.
The LAGF partnered with the Galaxians supporters group, and Academia de Futbol Juvenil Amatense (AFJA) for two different donation drives this year.

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Like equipment sales past, Galaxy fans lined up hours before the event started, some camping out the night before, to get a good spot in line for the chance to get a game-worn jersey, an autographed kit, or incredibly, even a Galaxy-issued bathrobe. Three hours into the event, the line showed no signs of slowing down.

Coming off a year (2019, financials for 2020 pending) in which they raised nearly $1 Million for the LA community, LAGF Manager Haley Krakoski can easily count Sunday as a success and a good springboard towards trying to match their 2019 contribution.

The LAGF raised $30,000 at the equipment sale, which will get put back into the Los Angeles Community.

“Specifically, these funds will help support our LA Galaxy Champion Project students,” Krakoski explained. “The LA Galaxy Champion Project is a community-driven program that partners the club with 12 local Carson elementary schools to provide soccer programming and opportunities to grow the game of soccer while promoting health, wellness and leadership development with local youth.”

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The Galaxians partnered with the LAGF for an easter basket donation drive to benefit foster care youth. “Established in 1996, the Galaxians are the first and original supporter group of the LA Galaxy,” according to their official LA Galaxy page. G’s had the option of dropping a virtual donation on Amazon or coming out to the event in person. Carlisa Perdomo, who led the Galaxians’ effort, was already set up in her tent and ready to go when the first fans started arriving to get their place in line.

Through their efforts and the generous donations of Galaxy fans, the Galaxians were able to create 84 easter care bags for foster youth at Penny Lane. They were able to fill their table and then some, proving once again that the community will step up and take care of their own. Cozmo was certainly impressed with the results and came by to show the Galaxians some love for their hard but necessary work.

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Everybody’s favorite footballing alien Cozmo was on hand to greet Galaxy fans that woke up early and went out to brave the line at Dignity Health Sports Park. He made sure to hand out some gifts, like a Mauricio Cienfuegos pin and Galaxy bandanas, while also trying to entertain the line to make the wait seem shorter.

All the equipment sale shopping and entertaining tired Cozmo out, but after a quick rest in the sunshine, he was back at it, checking in with the AFJA tent and their donation drive.

Galaxy fans that weren’t able to donate an Easter basket also had the option of donating new or gently used soccer equipment to Academia de Futbol Juvenil Amatense or AFJA.

AFJA’s mission is “To use the world’s game as a vehicle for social change in at-risk communities throughout Central America.”

Started in 2018, AFJA Founder Steven Cruz was all smiles as he shared time with Galaxy fans and Cozmo.

It’s refreshing to be home,” Cruz shared. Cruz praised the club (whom he credits as the first professional team to donate to AFJA) and the LAGF specifically for “expanding on community causes” and allowing AFJA to be a “bridge of resources that will illuminate lives thousands of miles away.”

Now poised for a big 2021, Cruz and AFJA will be working on starting a new chapter in El Salvador and has even had conversations with former Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo about starting a collaborative project in Panama between Penedo’s charitable foundation and AFJA.

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Due to the pandemic, AFJA kids have had to wait over a year for a new set of donations, but thanks to the combined efforts of the Galaxy, the LAGF, AFJA, and the Galaxy community, those children could have new soccer cleats by next month. This is an incredible achievement considering some children don’t have a reliable pair of everyday shoes.

Once the event started and they had paid it forward to AFJA and the Galaxians, Galaxy fans went all in, grabbing the varied equipment by the handful. Many used the buddy system to scour items, trying to cover as much ground as possible in search of wanted treasures. Others used carts and used boxes to try to wrangle the many items of clothing they carried.

The success that the equipment sale/donation drive achieved in a pandemic year makes it easy to expect that next year will be even bigger. 

The hard work is done; what could be the first Galaxy tailgate of the year was spotted at lot 13, cumbias blasting and the laughter ringing out the way it hasn’t for over a year. 
It is indeed refreshing to be home.

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