POSTED: November 5th 2012

LA84 Foundation: National summit will discuss the benefits of sports connecting kids to school

Sports Features Communications

November 5 – This week in Los Angeles the LA84 Foundation is set to gather together researchers, educators, journalists, philanthropists, athletes and sports administrators to study the benefits of youth sports and their connection to academic achievement.

On November 8th International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and LA84 Foundation President Anita L. DeFrantz, University of Southern California Athletic Director Pat Haden and U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun will all be present for the proceedings.

"The LA84 Foundation has 27 years of expertise and experience in studying and funding youth sports," said DeFrantz. "This Summit brings together experts to examine the available research and how to best use it to highlight the importance of sport in keeping kids connected to school and achieving better academic outcomes."

This inaugural summit will reveal a half century of research that demonstrates that sports have a positive correlation with academic advancement. Some of the points to be discussed will be how to encourage this alliance in an era of shrinking school budgets that threaten athletics and physical education.

"Youth sports and high school athletes," said Summit speaker Dr. Don Sabo, "are among best kept secrets in U.S. education."

Sabo, who represents D'Youville College, is the author of several national reports on the social impact of youth sports.

"Thinking about the economic downturn, no one is looking at high school athletics as a national asset to increase our competitiveness in the global economy,” he added.

The LA84 Foundation was established with the surplus of the 1984 Games and hasinvested over $206 million in sports programs in Southern California reaching out to over 2.5 million young people.  

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