When San Fernando (Calif.) High won the Los Angeles City Section Division I title on June 4, the baseball team earned what most prep athletes dream of: A championship ring. There was just one problem: Most of the students on the team, which represents a lower-income suburban Los Angeles school, couldn't afford any rings, despite the fact they'd earned them.
Enter George Lopez.
A longtime L.A.-based comedian and host of a late-night, eponymous comedy show on TBS, Lopez reportedly stepped forward to pay for a championship ring for each member of San Fernando's varsity team, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"It's unbelievable, because the kids couldn't afford it," San Fernando coach Armando Gomez told the Times.
The incredibly charitable act is believable, if only because Lopez has a deep and longstanding connection with the school himself. Lopez attended San Fernando High and briefly played baseball there, according to the Times.
Lopez and other San Fernando alums had plenty to be proud of on June 4, when the Tigers roared past Los Angeles (Calif.) Chatsworth High, 8-6, at Dodgers Stadium. The upset victory denied Chatsworth a 10th section title, instead earning the first crown for San Fernando in 10 years in the process.
If there was any question just how much the victory meant to the school and San Fernando community, the scenes that erupted at Chavez Ravine as the team captured the crown spelled that out in exquisite clarity.
Evidently, it meant just as much to one of the school's most famous and loyal alums, as well.