POSTED: June 13th 2011
NewsUpdate

LA84 Foundation donates almost $1.3 m in grants for youth programs

The LA84 Foundation is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses a sports library and meeting facilities / LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses a sports library and meeting facilities / LA84 Foundation

Anita DeFrantz president of the LA84 Foundation / LA84 Foundation photo
Anita DeFrantz president of the LA84 Foundation / LA84 Foundation photo

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/LOS ANGELES, Jun 13: The LA84 Foundation announced their latest donation of $1,289,733 to lend support to 30 youth sports programs throughout the Southern California area.

IOC member and chair of the IOC women and sport commission, rowing Olympian Anita DeFrantz, has been in involved with the organization since its inception in 1985 following the highly successful 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. After serving as vice-president of the Los Angeles Games she then took over as president of the LA84 Foundation in 1987 and has managed it ever since.

The foundation has donated over US$199 million to help youth programs reaching out to over two million young people in the Southern California area.

DeFrantz said, “In today’s difficult economic environment, the assistance the LA84 Foundation provides to youth sports organizations is needed more than ever.

“These organizations are stepping up to the line to ensure that youngsters have the opportunity to participate in sports.  They deserve our support and that of others.”

The LA84 Foundation lists in a statement the beneficiaries:

Among the organizations receiving the latest grants is the Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) of the Los Angeles Unified School District ($525,000).  BTB offers a free, year-round, seasonal sports program at all 95 middle schools in the District serving 20,000 boys and girls.  Students Run LA ($125,000) received funding for its highly successful program that trains 3,000 middle/high school students to run the LA Marathon.  The grant to A Better LA ($100,000) is to assist with uniforms/jerseys for the soccer and basketball programs at the 32 sites that are part of the Summer Night Lights Program (SNL).  SNL is an LA city-wide initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development now in its fourth year.  Rose Bowl Aquatics Center ($50,704) will continue to offer a learn-to-swim program during the school day to more than 400 third graders in the Pasadena Unified School District.  Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley ($50,000) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach ($40,000) will use funding to upgrade their respective gym floors.  Anahuak Youth Soccer Association ($43,700) will use funding for its soccer program that is offered to more than 2,000 boys and girls in Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights and Highland Park.   

Additional grants:  Inglewood Police Activities League ($30,000); YALLA San Diego, Inc. ($30,000); J Tech Institute Inc.  ($27,890, South Los Angeles); Youth Speak Collective ($27,140, Pacoima); Perris Valley Youth Association Sports  ($25,000); Hollywood Police Activity League ($24,000); Watts Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club ($25,200); American Youth Soccer Organization (Region 1065) ($20,000, Montebello); Boys & Girls Club of Whittier Inc. ($13,599); Back Bay Youth Rugby Football Club ($10,000, Costa Mesa); Claremont Junior All American Football and Cheer ($10,000); Eastside Lions Youth Football and Cheer Association ($5,000, Antelope Valley); El Segundo Youth Football & Cheerleading, Inc.  ($10,000); Encinitas Soccer League ($10,000); Glendale Junior All American Football Association, Inc. ($10,00); Lincoln Heights Youth Association ($10,000); Moreno Valley Junior All American Football and Cheer Association, Inc. ($10,000); Mouse In The House Foundation ($7,500, Ontario); Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program Inc. ($10,000, Northeast San Fernando Valley); Oak Grove Institute Foundation, Inc. ($10,000, Riverside); Team Prime Time, Inc. ($10,000, West Los Angeles); The Apple Valley Police Community Activity League ($10,000); United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County ($10,000).


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