LA Attorneys Support Prime Time Games
The morning of Saturday, June 4, was not just another Saturday for hundreds of at-risk middle schoolers enrolled in the Team Prime Time (TPT) after-school program; it was Championship Saturday. The centerpiece was the Prime Time Games, an extension of the program focused on full-inclusion sports that also builds leadership skills. Personal injury attorney Andy Ellis recently participated in a fundraiser to benefit the program.
Sponsored by the UCLA Football Team, the Prime Time Games uses peer mentorship to unite economically disadvantaged middle school students who participate in the Team Prime Time program with children with developmental disabilities. The middle schoolers learn about leadership and teamwork as they serve as team coaches and players alongside their developmentally disabled teammates.
Team Prime Time helping students for 15 years
TPT kicked off in February 2001 with only 21 students at Webster Middle School, a low-income area where ¾ of the students qualified for government aid. Now there are more than 250 students enrolled from in the program from Webster alone plus the program has spread to four more schools, now involving thousands of at-risk youth.
In 2004, TPT added its Prime Time Games program to engage TPT participants in peer mentorship that involves their developmentally disabled peers. Hundreds of students with disabilities have benefited from the experience.
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Care
LATLC, Los Angles Trial Lawyers’ Charities, was founded in 2006 by local personal injury attorneys who practice in the Los Angeles area. The group, which currently has more than 2,500 supporters, is managed by a board of directors made up of 32 attorneys who are committed to serving the community. Ellis Law’s Andrew Ellis serves as a Diamond Level Honorary Board member.
The group serves the community by partnering with organizations that already have a footing where help is needed. Through these partnerships, LATLC is able to assist children and battered women, the homeless, and those with disabilities. Some partner organizations include Inner City Law Center, March of Dimes, Casa of Los Angeles, and Venice Family Clinic.
LATLC also supports the local communities by hosting the Youth Sports Sponsorship Program. The program provides grants of $500 to be used by leagues and public schools for team expenses such as equipment, uniforms, and location fees.