POSTED: November 7th 2013

Local Youth Sports Programs Awarded $500K from LA84 Foundation

The LA84 Foundation is a great legacy to the Summer Games
The LA84 Foundation is a great legacy to the Summer Games

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications


(SFC) This quarter, the LA84 Foundation has awarded approximately $500,000 to twenty-two youth sports programs. Since its inauguration, the Foundation has invested over $214 million, $3.6 million given this year alone.  


These new grants will offer more than 18,000 children the opportunity to build healthy habits and life skills through the use of sports. They target youth from low-income locations, which otherwise would not be able to participate in athletics.


The funding provides to a large scope of sports programs, including track and field, golf, soccer, basketball, equestrianism, flag football, swimming, cross country, volleyball, boxing, gymnastics, and baseball. The reward money will help the programs with getting new equipment, provide scholarships, and provide uniforms.


Anita L. DeFrantz, the President of the LA84 stated, “Our latest grant recipients are committed to ensuring that all students are given the opportunity and the resources to participate in sports, regardless of their financial situation,” she continued saying, “Providing grants to well-run programs is the heart and soul of what this organization does, and we’re proud to support their work in reaching our kids through sports.”


Of the programs which received grants, five serve students with special needs including: Hillsides in Pasadena, Carousel Ranch in Santa Clarita, Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths in San Diego, Us Too Gymnastics in Lake Forest, and TERI, Inc. in Oceanside.


The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is one of the recognized grant beneficiaries. The organization’s Region 1031 in South Los Angeles was awarded $20,000, affording them the ability to offer scholarships for those that would be unable to pay for the registration fees on their own.


A major need for many organizations is facility maintenance, since many have to work in aging facilities and have constrained budgets, several received funds to assist with maintenance. A grant for $85,000 was endowed to the Salesian Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles, and will be primarily used for the renovation of the pool used for their aquatics program. The organization serves the Boyle Heights and City Terrace areas that are dependent on this aquatic center.


The amount of rewards has more than doubled from its initial endowment of $93 million that stemmed from the surplus of funds for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles.  

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