It all started with a ball—well, kinda. One day last summer while at a Drew League basketball game, I noticed that most of the people there were eating food as they watched the game in excitement. And I wanted to get my grub on as well, but I didn’t have anything to eat. Now at this point, I’m sure you can guess why—because ya girl is vegan, and there were no vegan options in sight.
So I decided to do something about it. I contacted the organizer of the concession stand to share that there are folks in the community like me who would love to have plant-based ? options at the games. And you know what? The suggestion was welcomed, and this summer, it’s a whole new ballgame. ?
The Drew League is on fire ? with all the new vegan options that its concession stand is serving up.
So I know some of you may be wondering: What the heck is the Drew League?!
Well, this summer basketball league started off with just six teams back in 1973, when it was created by Alvin Wills. He envisioned a safe place in South Central Los Angeles for young men and women to learn valuable life lessons through basketball.
The Drew League’s ultimate goal is to help people form meaningful relationships through teamwork that will also have a positive impact on their roles in their community.
Championship Sunday at #thedrew is about bringing the entire LA basketball community together. Today's schedule: Jr. Drew Girls @ 12pm Jr. Drew Boys @ 1pm High School All-Stars @ 2pm Drew League Championship @ 4pm. See you at Southwest College today. Get there early to support the youngsters and ensure a seat for the big game.
Forty-five years later, the league has evolved—it now includes 28 invitation-only teams and draws in some of the best athletes, including streetball legends, collegiate athletes, and even NBA players such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and James Harden, and the list goes on and on. And guess what else? It’s free to go watch the games.
But we wanted to highlight the Drew League this year for one more special reason: It started serving vegan options at its concession stand! Fans can now enjoy vegan chili fries, veggie dogs, chili nachos, popcorn, coffee cake, cookies, and more.
Get vegan options in your community!
If you’re inspired by this story and want access to more vegan options, check out peta2’s Veggie Burger Project, a campaign to get meat-free burgers into every school cafeteria. Together, we can make vegan foods available to everyone.