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PADRES Contra El Cáncer Night at STAPLES Center

On February 25, more than 200 PADRES families enjoyed an exciting night of arena football when the Los Angeles Avengers generously hosted PADRES Contra El Cáncer Night at STAPLES Center.

From beginning to end, PADRES families participated in the evening’s action. With the help of the A-Team dancers, 50 children were invited onto the field to cheer for their favorite Avengers. With PADRES children lined up on each side, the team ran through the cheering section, giving each child an enthusiastic high-five during the player introductions.

Following the National Anthem, PADRES CEO Michael Velázquez, PADRES Board President Teresa Samaniego, Los Angeles Councilmember Jan Perry, and PADRES children Annie and Marco Martinez participated in the ceremonial pre-game coin toss alongside the Los Angeles Avengers and Utah Blaze captains.

Throughout the game, Avengers mascot TD visited the families in the stands. With thundersticks waving wildly, PADRES families spent the entire night cheering for the Avengers after each of the team’s touchdowns.

During the third quarter, PADRES’ Jesus Dominguez and Madelyne Mendez returned to the field to participate in a relay race. The two children, with a little assistance from TD, the A-Team and Wienerschnitzel’s hot dog mascot, raced from one end of the field to the other, all while having to put on a full-size Avengers helmet and jersey. Though Madelyne crossed the finish line first, both children received roaring applause from the crowd and proudly walked away with an Avengers t-shirt and hat.

“Thanks to the Avengers, our kids enjoyed an amazing evening with their families,” said Velázquez. “For many, this was their first visit to STAPLES Center, so having the kids participate in so many activities during the game truly made the night memorable for them.”

As the Official Charitable Partner of the Avengers, PADRES is the beneficiary of the team’s silent auction held during each game and the Los Angeles Avengers 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Click here to see pictures from the event.


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