The LA Kings are proud to partner with Power Project, a Hawthorne Police department program meant to mentor young girls, ages eight to 14, while also introducing them to the sport of ice hockey. The program also gives the opportunity to grow using mentorship to build self-esteem, positive life imagery, and the belief that they CAN accomplish any goal they set and work hard to achieve.
Shyanna "LaLa" Seale, 17, has been a part of Power Project since the age of 9 and has since grown from the role of program participant to program mentor.
"Power Project means the world to me. It is an amazing organization that empowers girls to show that you are not to be put into a category because of what you look like or where you come from. That you can be the best you that you can be through seeing women like you in all professions; also using hockey as a way to develop leadership skills and bond with teammates while building connections with fantastic mentors," she said.
In addition to staying heavily involved in the program, LaLa has participated with the LA Lions as a practice goalie, volunteered her time as the goalie for the Daryl Evans Adult Workshop on multiple occasions, and been a participant in the annual LA Kings Camp for youth hockey players.
"Hockey has affected my life in such a positive way, by not only giving me an outlet to release stress and learn confidence by being a leader, but it has given me the opportunity to meet all kinds if great people from doctors, to lawyers, CEOs to models, and so much more. Hockey has helped me evolve into the person I will forever be," LaLa said.
LaLa brings more to Power Project than just her hockey skills. Her positive attitude and smile have an everlasting effect on everyone she encounters through the program. She empowers those around her to be better!