Making a Difference

The Martin Luther King Jr. inspired “Dream Games” is a beacon of unity, a celebration of diversity, and a testament to the power of sport in fostering community spirit. Organized by the Friends of West LA, in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, this event brings together young basketball enthusiasts from all corners of the city. The “Dream Games” is not just a sports event; it’s a tribute to the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a symbol of unity, and a platform for promoting inclusivity and supporting the youth of Los Angeles.


Young athletes, aged 7-15, are grouped into diverse teams based on their age, and they engage in thrilling basketball games, receive gifts, enjoy free food, and partake in a host of other fun activities. The “Dream Games” is a unique space where differences in ethnic heritage, socioeconomics, and religious beliefs are set aside. Once the whistle blows and the game begins, all that matters is the spirit of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and mutual respect. The cheers from parents and fans are not for individual teams, but for all players, for the spirit of unity they represent.


For over a decade, the Westwood Recreation Center has been the proud host of the “Dream Games”, drawing hundreds of players and parents each year. This event is more than just a game; it’s a powerful lesson in unity, a celebration of diversity, and a testament to the enduring power of Dr. King’s dream. It’s a reminder that when we come together, we can create a world where the content of one’s character truly is more important than the color of their skin.

For more information about how you can help make a difference by supporting this annual event, please send us an email at info@fowla.org.

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