The St. Louis Rams are doing their part to help out a community going through a difficult situation.
Over the past week, the Missouri town of Ferguson has made the national news after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. Residents have protested the local police force in a situation that has become violent, as explained in USA Today and KSDK-TV's timeline of the event.
According to Robert Klemko of The Monday Morning Quarterback, via Peter King, the Rams have decided to provide a gift for local high school teams attempting to focus through this troubling time:
Watching the violence over Michael Brown's killing unfold in Ferguson last week, a Rams staffer thought of the high schoolers, specifically, the boys who are supposed to play in their first football game of the season this weekend. Rams manager of fan development & alumni relations Kyle Eversgerd put in a call to coaches at McCluer High, McCluer North and McCluer South; there would be 75 free tickets awaiting each team if they chose to come to Saturday’s preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome.
"In light of everything going on it just kind of hit me," says Eversgerd, whose job includes outreach with local high schools. "I can't imagine with all that stuff going on, how tough it must be to practice. We were able to get them away from it all."
St. Louis hosted the Green Bay Packers in its second preseason game of the season Saturday. The Packers ended up winning 21-7 as both teams attempt to prepare for the start of the 2014 regular season.
The Rams' next scheduled preseason game takes place this Saturday on the road against the Cleveland Browns before their final preseason game against the Dolphins in Miami, which is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28.
While the tickets do not solve much of the problems within the community, it likely became a welcome distraction for young kids who have a lot on their mind.
As the situation continues to unfold in Ferguson, hopefully this gesture from the Rams organization had a positive effect on its nearby residents.
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