POSTED: June 13th 2012
Los Angeles 84 Summer Games revenue continues to give back to Southern California youth
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
June 13 – The LA84 Foundation has given back over US$200 million to the communities that supported the Olympic Games and just awarded US$1,101,238 in grants to support 28 sports programs for young people.
The LA84 Foundation was established after the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles with the mission to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus revenue (US$93 million).
Anita L. DeFrantz, LA84 Foundation President and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, said, “It is gratifying that 28 years after the success of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation, the legacy of those Games, continues to make an important difference in the lives of local youngsters.
“With fewer and fewer options available for youngsters to stay active and fit, it is imperative that all of us support the efforts of organizations that are providing girls and boys with the opportunity to play sports.”
The LA 84 Foundation released the latest list of beneficiaries in a statement today:
“The Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) received ($500,000). As LAUSD continues to cut its budget, after school programs suffer. BTB will use the funding to support its free, year-round, seasonal after school sports program at all 95 middle schools in the District. The program keeps more than 10,000 boys and girls active and connected to the school increasing learning opportunities and leading to better academic achievement.
Students Run LA ($125,080) will use the funding to train 3,000 middle/high school students to run the LA Marathon and in the process become better students and individuals.
The grants to Friends of EXPO Center ($60,000) and Rose Bowl Aquatics Center ($52,688) will be used to offer swim lessons during the school day for boys and girls at schools in their respective communities.
The Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood ($50,000) and California Hospital Medical Center Foundation ($50,000) will use the funding to provide better play spaces for the youngsters they serve.
The GRYD Foundation ($50,000) funding 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 fifth year that has proven results in reducing gang violence.
A grant to the County of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation Department ($25,870) will be used for its Parks After Dark Program to provide sports opportunities at five parks during the summer.
The grant to Playworks Education Energized ($24,100) is to support their in-school and after-school sports programs at elementary schools in Watts, South Los Angeles, Norwalk, Southgate, Highland Park, Mid-City and Crenshaw.
Thirteen organizations providing football opportunities throughout the area also received grants. These include Covina Vikings Youth Football Organization ($10,000); Duarte Hawks Youth Football Corporation ($10,000); Eastside Lions of Lancaster ($7,000); Glendora Junior All-American Football ($5,000); Hacienda Heights Junior All American Football Association ($10,000); LA Southeast Youth Athletic Foundation ($10,000); Lakewood Pop Warner ($5,500); Lawndale Youth Football & Cheerleading Association, Inc. ($10,000); Mid-San Gabriel Valley Pop Warner, Inc. ($10,000); Pico Rivera Dons Football for Youth, Inc. ($10,000); Snowline Communities Youth Football Association, Inc. ($10,000); West Covina Bruins Youth Football ($7,000); Xtreme Youth Football & Cheer Inc. ($7,000). Additional grants awarded went to Any Body Can Youth Resorts Foundation ($10,000) (San Diego); Little Tokyo Service Center ($7,000); People For Parks Charitable Fund ($10,000) (Watts); Search To Involve Pilipino Americans ($10,000) (Los Angeles); Taking the Reins ($5,000) (Los Angeles); YWCA of Santa Monica - Westside ($10,000).”
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