December 12, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) – Last Wednesday, the Los Angeles Clippers joined over 300 Sikh Americans and the Sikh Coalition to celebrate the fourth annual Sikh Awareness Night. The game, which featured a Sikh national anthem performance, Sikh color guard, Sikh youth basketball players, and Punjabi halftime entertainment, raised Sikh awareness to 15,000 people inside the arena and hundreds of thousands more who watched the nationally televised game on ESPN.
“Just like California Sikh Awareness Month, it is fantastic to see this Sikh awareness event with the Los Angeles Clippers continue to grow,” said California community member Gurpreet Singh from Khalsa School, Riverside. “We thank the Sikh Coalition for their tireless efforts to make these events possible and educate Americans about our community.”
The Clippers game marked the end of a series of events celebrating November as California Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month. Here are some other highlights:
- The California State Capitol displayed photos from the Sikh Project exhibition during the first two weeks of November. Over 16,000 visitors viewed the portraits.
- In partnership with Sikhlens, the free Sikh Project exhibition launched at Chapman University in Orange County, California. The exhibition runs until February 16, 2018.
- The Sikh Coalition joined the Kaur and Singh Academy of Los Angeles to deliver a Sikh awareness presentation for 750 youth at Porter Ranch Community School.
- Joy of Sewa, a volunteer group in Santa Clara, secured a proclamation from local government officials, lined up multiple community events to increase Sikh awareness, and packed meals in partnership with Kids Against Hunger.
- Sikh Coalition Advocate Jaydeep Singh secured a proclamation from the Turlock City Council recognizing California Sikhs.
- Sangat members, led by Sharan Kaur, secured proclamations from Union City and the New Haven Unified School District.
- California’s Department of Education circulated a memorandum to every county and district school superintendent in the state, encouraging them to promote Sikh awareness and remain vigilant against school bullying.
- Community member Guneet Chadha gave two Sikh awareness presentations at an elementary school in Fremont, California reaching 975 students. The presentations were coordinate by community member, Jyoti Singh.
- Led by Assemblymember Ash Kalra, the California legislature approved a resolution designating November as California Sikh American Awareness & Appreciation Month.
“We thank everybody who was involved in promoting Sikh awareness across California,” said Interim Managing Program Director Rajdeep Singh. “It is fantastic to work with so many talented community leaders who drive these initiatives, and we look forward to partnering with them again next year.”
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.