In the upcoming months leading up to the 2022 Super Bowl, which will take place at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium, NFL Green will launch numerous community greening projects throughout the Los Angeles region. The first community project kicked off on September 25 at Inglewood’s Edward Vincent Park, alongside volunteers including Inglewood residents, and Mayor James T. Butts.
NFL Green is the NFL’s sustainability program which aims to reduce the environmental impact of such large events like the Super Bowl, and leave a positive “green” legacy in host communities.
At the morning gathering at Edward Vincent Park, volunteers planted hundreds of flowers and plants, and 56 trees in honor of Super Bowl LVI. The day also consisted of an overall park clean-up, and painting projects. The event began with brief remarks from Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts and NFL Green directors Jack and Susan Groh, joined by LA Rams cheerleaders and mascot Rampage.
Each year, NFL Green passes a symbolic “Golden Shovel” from one Super Bowl host community to the next. Tara Battiato, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vice President of Community Impact, was in attendance to officially pass the Golden Shovel to Mayor Butts and the Los Angeles region.
Other upcoming greening projects include planting street trees in Watts in partnership with TreePeople, refurbishing and expanding the Boyle Heights-Mott Street Community Garden in East LA in partnership with Los Angeles Conservation Corps, planting a large “wishing tree” at Wishing Tree Park Memorial Plaza in West Carson in partnership with LA Neighborhood Land Trust, and more.