Inaugural award presentation at the Rams’ Draft House in Malibu.

Inaugural award presentation at the Rams’ Draft House in Malibu.

The Wallace Firm in Encino has partnered with the Los Angeles Rams in Agoura Hills to launch the Heart & Hustle Award for local heroes.

The first recipient is 17-year-old Loyola High School of Los Angeles football player Josh Morales, who provided care for his parents and siblings while maintaining his school work when he and his entire family contracted COVID-19 last year. Morales received a $5,000 donation to support his college education and two tickets to the Rams season opener at SoFi Stadium against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 12.

“Partnering with the Rams while helping Josh Morales fulfill his dream of studying aerospace engineering and graduating from USC, is also a fulfillment of my own dreams. … I am thrilled to be partnering with L.A.’s original NFL team, an amazing and innovative organization that shares our law firm’s values,” Bradley Wallace, founder the Wallace Firm, said in a statement.

The award is one element of the ongoing partnership between the football team and law firm. Additional efforts throughout the year will include community days of service and Wallace Firm’s sponsorship of the team’s “Three Keys to Winning” article series, which aims to keep Rams fans connected with the team. 

The firm will also sponsor a “Rams Win, You Win” sweepstakes, which will provide a VIP gameday experience for a winning fan and three guests.

In addition to winning the educational award, Morales was featured in a short documentary that premiered on the WallaceWins website, which includes interviews with his family and coaches and shows the teenager receiving the inaugural award at the Rams’ Draft House in Malibu.