A dental technician from Team Smile provides a dental exam to a student at the Crenshaw Family YMCA in Crenshaw, Los Angeles.

LA Kings Team Up with Team Smile to Provide Free Dental Care for 300 Students in Crenshaw, Los Angeles

Event coincides with LA Kings G.O.A.L.S. program in partnership with Blue Shield of California, which provides character building and wellness activities for youth

AEG’s LA Kings and Kings Care Foundation teamed up with Team Smile, a national advocacy group that provides life-changing dental care to underserved children, to host and provide free dental care to 300 students from the Crenshaw area in Los Angeles on Friday, October 12. 

Throughout the morning at the Crenshaw Family YMCA students received free on-site dental exams administered by Team Smile in addition to lessons on dental hygiene. Students also participated in arts and crafts with the Kings Wives, as well as ball hockey led by the Kings’ Hockey Development Street Team and the LA Kings Ice Crew and mascot, Bailey.

“This LA Kings event had such a great impact on the youth in our communities and the immediate benefits were apparent,” said Simone Jackson, senior program director, Crenshaw Family YMCA. “From cleanings to fillings and extractions, the event provided much needed care for our youth that otherwise would have gone without.”

The event was part of the LA Kings G.O.A.L.S., a character building and wellness program in partnership with Blue Shield of California, which equips children in Los Angeles with the practical skills and tools they need to lead healthy lives.

In January 2017, the NHL and the Kings unveiled state-of-the-art renovations to the Crenshaw Family YMCA as part of the 2017 NHL® All-Star Legacy Project. Renovations included a brand new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Lab and upgrades to the Youth Activity Center and Multi-Purpose Room, the Teen Resource Center and the outdoor space.

The Crenshaw Family YMCA also participates in the LA Kings Ball Hockey Program teaching the fundamentals of the game. To sign up please visit lakings.com/ymca.