Press Release: Johnny Hekker (SoCal Wildfire Relief)

Press Release: Johnny Hekker (SoCal Wildfire Relief)

Rams punter Johnny Hekker Releases T-Shirt Benefiting SoCal Wildfire Relief Fund

Los Angeles football player co-designs t-shirt with 100% of profits aiding local relief efforts following Southern California wildfires that displaced thousands

SCOTTSDALE, AZ., December 15, 2017 –  Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker has teamed up with Athletes Brand to release a t-shirt in which 100% of the profits support wildfire relief efforts. The limited-edition t-shirt benefits United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Southern California Wildfire Fund aiding long-term rebuilding efforts and recovery for low-income families.

Hekker’s t-shirt campaign furthers his voiced desire to being heavily involved in wildfire recovery efforts. Last week on social media he announced that he was ready to help however he could, and showed up that same evening with his wife and a truck full of supplies at a dedicated donation center.

“Partnering with United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Athletes Brand is a great opportunity to bring relief and unified support to the communities affected by the recent wildfires,” said Hekker in a release put out by the team. “I hope that these combined efforts can help the families, businesses, firefighters and all those affected by this tragedy as they protect and restore their community.”

Hekker becomes the latest Los Angeles-based professional athlete to partner with Athletes Brand for their “Shirt for a Cause” initiative, joining Larry Nance Jr., Alex Wood & Kyle Farmer and Yasmani Grandal.

The limited-edition “LA United” t-shirt can only be purchased from  Co-designed and imagined by Hekker, the shirt features a crest on the front similar to those found on the shirts of fire relief members. Also included is the phrase “Together, LA United” which Hekker helped coin to recognize the team-like camaraderie and effort showcased by countless parties throughout the fire containment process and immediate relief efforts. The tri-blend shirt is available for purchase in Men’s, Women’s and Youth options.

For more information about Hekker’s campaign, visit


About Johnny Hekker

Johnny Hekker is a punter for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). Johnny is in his sixth season in the NFL, and has been named to both the Pro Bowl and NFL All-Pro First team three times (2013, 2015, 2016). He is from Redmond, Washington and went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft following a stellar collegiate career at Oregon State University. He is active on Twitter (@JHekker) and Instagram (@JHekk). 

About Athletes Brand

Athletes Brand is an athlete-run fashion brand that crafts clothing for athletes’ everyday needs away from their sport. Its mission is to help athletes use their power of influence to make a difference in the world through sports, fashion, art, and philanthropy. Visit and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@AthletesBrand).

About the United Way of Greater Los Angeles

United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) works to transform lives and communities by creating pathways out of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors: low-income families, students, veterans and the homeless. United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Southern California Wildfire Fund is dedicated to supporting long-term recovery and re-building efforts for low-income families affected by the fires. Funds will be allocated based on need to vetted organizations throughout Southern California that will focus on rebuilding and recovery efforts for victims affected by the fires.

For more information, please visit or connect on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@LAUnitedWay).