Profile: Edward Edwards
"The new generation won’t need to leave Inglewood for the chance to do better in life because it will all be here."
Meet Ed Edwards! The first thing you need to know is that Mr. Edwards is a charismatic man who knows everyone in his building by name, and takes the time to know each person’s story. He’s puts his kindness into action by collecting food donations from businesses and friends and distributing them to neighbors in the building. As Mr. Edwards says, “always hear a person’s story and help when you can.”
Mr. Edwards is the oldest son of his six siblings. In his youth, his father — a boxer — would take him along to practices and matches, giving Mr. Edwards a lifelong love of boxing. In junior high school he started playing basketball and found a love for the game that lasted through his military service. After serving as a police officer in the Army, Mr. Edwards came back to Los Angeles and became a probation officer. His very first case: Mayor Bradley’s daughter.
Mr. Edwards’ favorite memories of Inglewood include assisting boxing promoters in the 1970’s and 1980’s in putting together boxing matches at Hollywood Park. He also enjoyed his time working with Jerry Buss. Mr. Edwards owned a limousine service and he would drive Mr. Buss around town, oftentimes picking up Mr. Buss from the Beverly Hills Hotel and take him to the Forum Club.
“Inglewood is now a thriving city. What was once a quiet small city will be the #1 city in the world. We will have everything right outside our door.”
Mr. Edwards has seen Inglewood has change drastically through the years. It’s a melting pot of nationalities. “I would not have had the opportunity to meet so many different people and develop such lasting relationships in any other city.”
Change in Inglewood has already started. From the Historic Forum, the new stadium and surrounding entertainment district, to the Clippers Arena — all providing jobs for residents — there is an opportunity to have the local youth grow up watching their favorite sports. “The new generation won’t need to leave Inglewood for the chance to do better in life because it will all be here.”