Wells Fargo teams with FOX Sports West, Kings to support local schools

LOS ANGELES – Wells Fargo & Company, one of America’s leading community banks, announced Friday it is teaming up with FOX Sports West, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings to donate $1,000 for every goal scored by the Kings in the 2013 season, to raise awareness and support technology in classrooms.  

“Thanks to Wells Fargo and Fox Sports West, the excitement of Kings Hockey has been merged with improving education for some of Los Angeles’ neediest students,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “This blend of philanthropy and sports will ultimately bring new technologies and online learning to the students at the Partnership for LA Schools. This is an exciting moment for LA’s kids and sports fans alike.”

Funds raised will help bring technology to the Partnership’s nearly 16,000 students in 22 schools, providing them a digital learning experience. One of the Partnership’s core instructional strategies is implementing online learning programs to support teachers who need to reach students of varying levels within the same classroom. Through this approach, the Partnership seeks to improve student outcomes in Math, English and in the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) through the use of various software programs.

“As the United States continues to compete in a global, 21st century economy, we have to make sure our kids have access to the tools necessary to compete,” said John Sotoodeh, Wells Fargo’s Community Banking regional president. “As Los Angeles’ top corporate philanthropist, we support education through both philanthropic giving and team member volunteerism, and this partnership is a great way to help build awareness for a worthy cause.”

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Wells Fargo, the Partnership for LA Schools and the Kings to help raise funds for technology based learning,” said Steve Simpson, senior vice president and general manager, FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket. “As FOX Sports West continues its mission to assist local schools, it’s these generous contributions that will help to further support the youth of our community.”

About the Partnership
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools strives to uplift children in the city’s poorest communities by transforming their local public school into a safe and secure place of opportunity, achievement and discovery. In terms of students served, the Partnership is one of the largest school turnaround organizations in the nation, providing a range of supports to its nearly 16,000 students. Founded in 2007 as the cornerstone of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s strategy to improve public education in Los Angeles, the Partnership is a unique collaboration between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District to turn around LA’s lowest performing schools and to create a model for doing so district wide. The Partnership today manages 22 schools with approximately 1,300 school-site employees. The Partnership is a 501(c) 3 non-profit education management organization with nearly 40 full-time employees. For more information, go to www.PartnershipLA.org/scoreOne.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. 

About FOX Sports West
FOX Sports West is the local destination for the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Kings. Together, FOX Sports West and sister network Prime Ticket present more live, local sports programming than any other network or broadcast system in the market. Serving sports fans in Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii, the regional networks produce over 800 live sporting events and telecast over 2,500 hours of original programming every year.