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Los Angeles Rams and Wells Fargo Recognize “Community Players of the Week”

Friday, Nov 04, 2016

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) and the Los Angeles Rams today announced their respective Community Players of the Week, each recognized for their contributions in caring for the Greater Los Angeles community, and excellence in volunteerism. Rams Guard RODGER SAFFOLD has been selected as the Rams Community Player of the Week and JAVIER TORRES is the Wells Fargo team member volunteer selected as Community Player of the Week.

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The Los Angeles Rams announced Rodger Saffold as the Rams Community Player of the Week presented by  ...

The Los Angeles Rams announced Rodger Saffold as the Rams Community Player of the Week presented by Wells Fargo (Photo: Business Wire)

Since joining the Rams in 2010, Saffold has participated in almost every major team initiative. In addition to his involvement, Saffold adopts families during the Holiday season and most recently hosted a child in foster care at a practice and helped to create a memorable experience. Saffold also participated in Pros vs. GI Joes where he and some of his teammates had the opportunity to interact with troops overseas and play video games against them.

"I think my support of the military is based off of pure appreciation,” said Saffold. “The freedoms that we have today were earned by others that gave their lives for us. I really appreciate the things that they’ve done. If I can be a distraction from the hard days our service men and women face, then I’m happy. During the Pros vs. GI Joes event, our opponents were up at 3am. I’m just hoping my teammates and I were able to ease their minds, because they have one of the most stressful jobs. Any way I can do my part while still enjoying my life and the freedoms of my family today is a plus.”

Presented by Wells Fargo, the Community Player of the Week program is intended to recognize players for their positive impact they make off the field in serving the Greater Los Angeles Area. As part of the program, Wells Fargo is honoring its own Los Angeles-area team members who have demonstrated a strong dedication to giving back to the community and reflecting the Bank’s ongoing commitment to community support.

“I’m truly honored to be recognized as a Community Player of the Week,” said Torres, who is a community bank branch manager in East Whittier. “It’s humbling and gratifying to contribute to our community, which is a value that I’m grateful is intrinsic of our culture at Wells Fargo.”

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and father of three children, Torres volunteers his time and efforts to a number of service organizations, including Team Red White and Blue, and organizations assisting youth, including the YMCA and local high schools. For more than half a decade Wells Fargo has been ranked the top corporate philanthropic donor in Los Angeles. In 2015, the company donated more than $22 million to regional nonprofits and team members volunteered 41,800 hours at organizations in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Past Rams and Wells Fargo Community Players of the Week from the 2016 NFL season include:

DATE     RECOGNIZED RAMS PLAYER     RECOGNIZED WELLS FARGO TEAM MEMBER

Sept. 16

    Cory Harkey

Tight End

     
Sept. 23     Alec Ogletree

Linebacker

    Danielle Sanders

Bellflower Branch Manager

Sept. 30     Chase Reynolds

Running Back

    Carlos Rosales

Pacific Gateway District Manager

Oct. 7     Johnny Hekker

Punter

    Derek Drinon

Chatsworth Branch Manager

Oct. 14

    Tyler Higbee

Tight End

    Allison Niewenhuis

Manhattan Beach Branch Manager

Oct. 21     Mike Thomas

Wide Receiver

    Deborah Smith

Rialto Main Branch Personal Banker

Oct. 28

    Rams Bye Week     Cristal Solano

Lincoln Heights Personal Banker

Nov. 4

    Rodger Saffold

Guard

    Javier Torres

East Whittier Branch Manager

       

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 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 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 16,300 nonprofits, ranking No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s rankings of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in 2015, serving more than 40,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability, and advancing diversity and social inclusion. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories. For more information on Wells Fargo’s commitment to community service, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate-responsibility/community-giving/

About the Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams – Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – stand as one of the oldest franchises in the National Football League and since its founding in 1937, have garnered three World Championships and sent 29 of its members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As a professional sports team, the organization is committed to being a valuable civic partner and serving the greater Los Angeles area 365 days a year. For more information visit www.therams.com and follow the Rams on Facebook and Twitter, @RamsNFL.

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