South LA community hero gets surprise trip to Super Bowl LVI, volunteer service award – Pasadena Star News

Who’s going to the Super Bowl on Sunday in Inglewood?

The Rams. The Bengals. Thousands of NFL dignitaries, big players and fans willing to pay thousands of dollars for a ticket.

Oh, and John Jones III. The difference is that Jones had no idea he was going to the game until the end of this week. He was too busy working to help his community think about the game.

The East Side Riders Bike Club founder was honored with the “ Heart & Hustle Award,” which honors hard-working community heroes. This time, the prize included two of those prized tickets to the big showdown at SoFi Stadium, plus a personalized Rams jersey and a $5,000 donation to the East Side Riders Bike Club.

Bradley Wallace, president and founder of legal organization The Wallace Firm, presented John with his community hero award as the dedicated volunteer was flanked by family, friends and fellow East Side Riders this week .

Jones, who grew up in Watts, became involved with the area’s youth. His club is a volunteer organization in South Los Angeles whose mission is to provide meaningful recreational activities to local youth to keep them away from gang-related activities, including bike programs and neighborhood community service. of Watts and Compton. In addition to community bike rides and safety programs, the group delivers meals to those in need, provides a safe place for children to relax and stay out of trouble, and offers after-school tutoring.

“We are thrilled to be able to honor John with this award because he exemplifies the core values ​​of what it means to be a community hero and his determination and strength are having a lasting impact in our Los Angeles community,” Wallace said.

“John and the East Side Riders Bike Club have become trusted community partners of the Los Angeles Rams because we have witnessed not only John’s heart and restlessness, but also his tremendous impact on Watts,” said Molly Higgins, vice president of community affairs and engagement. , Los Angeles Rams. “As he extends his services to Compton, we are delighted that our partners at The Wallace Firm wanted to recognize his work in inspiring change in our community in such a meaningful way. We can’t wait to have him at Rams House on Sunday.

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