B A L L E R S P H I L A N T H R O P Y
ABOUT DANIELLE GARCIA
My name is Danielle Cruz Garcia and I was born and raised in Pomona, CA, a small suburb east of Los Angeles. I attended the University of La Verne where I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and my Masters in Leadership & Management.
At a young age, my parents enrolled me in a sports program at our local YMCA where I easily fell in love with sports and the community I gained from it. I became very involved in community service, serving for two years on the Miss Pomona court. Because of my love for my community, my family and I started the Danielle Garcia Pay it Forward Scholarship to reward young women for their leadership in community service with money for college and mentorship opportunities. My passion for sports and community continued to grow as I got older and culminated in my desire to work in Community Relations.
As a huge baseball fan, my goal was to work for a professional team so you can imagine my excitement when I was given the opportunity to serve as one of the first Dodgers Ball Girls; little did I know this was the start of my career in the professional sports industry. That same year, I was given the opportunity to work with the Los Angeles Clippers in their Community Relations Department and I was hooked! I continued my career in professional sports with the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers where I knew that serving the community was not just my passion but my calling. I loved being able to help professional athletes make a difference in the community, whether that was helping to put a smile on a cancer patient’s face during a hospital visit or making a young girls dreams come true by helping them choose a dress for the prom. Helping others made me feel fulfilled and this desire was the catalyst to starting Ballers Philanthropy. My goal is to make a difference and to help others feel as fulfilled as I do giving back.