POSTED: June 22nd 2014

LA84 Foundation awards $1.3 million in grants, elects new chairman

The LA84 Foundation also has the largest sports research library in North America, the Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center / LA84
The LA84 Foundation also has the largest sports research library in North America, the Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center / LA84

Frank Sanchez is the new Chairman / LA84
Frank Sanchez is the new Chairman / LA84

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Twenty-nine community sports programmes in southern California will receive $1.3 million in grants from LA84 Foundation, the organisation’s Board of Directors announced Wednesday.

The approval brings the total amount of grants to the eight southernmost counties to $3.1 million for the year. The Board will award additional grants in October.

The grants will provide equipment, coaches, scholarships, and facilities for sports to more than 35,000 youth in after-school programmes and organisations.

The LA84 Foundation has given upwards of $220 million to local programmes from proceeds from the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Youth football organisations Azusa Junior All American Football Corporation, Boyle Heights Youth Football, Duarte Hawks Youth Football Corporation, the Junior Raiders Enrichment & Athletic Mentorship Youth Development Organisation, and the Whittier Youth Football Association, which follow LA84’s youth football grant guidelines for safe sport, will receive five of the grants.

The youth football organisations do not offer tackle football to athletes under the age of eight, train youth safe tackling techniques to reduce head trauma, and limit contact in drills.

“It’s very encouraging that several organisations are taking the growing problem of concussions in youth football seriously, and are changing their programmes to protect young football players from concussions as a result,” LA84 Foundation President Anita L. DeFrantz said. “This is a testament to the positive influence that LA84 continues to exert at the local level. We are thankful for the cooperations of organisations that are working alongside us to create meaningful solutions to this nationwide epidemic.”

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch, the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development Summer Night Lights programme, the County of Los Angeles Parks After Dark Youth Sports Programme, and the Youth and Leaders Living Actively were also awarded grants by the LA84 Foundation.

LA84 Board member Frank Sanchez, who serves on the Los Angeles Sports Council Board of Directors, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the McDonald’s Operators Association of Southern California Board of Directors, was also voted unanimously by the LA84 Foundation to succeed Robert Graziano as chairman. Graziano served a four-year term.  

“It’s an honour to be elected by some of the community’s most dedicated business leaders and civic servants to lead LA84’s Board of Directors, and I thank Bob for dedicating many years in this role,” Sanchez said. “As we approach the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Olympic Games, we look forward to maximising the impact of the Games by offering life-changing opportunities to more children across southern California through sports.”

Keywords · LA84 · Los Angeles 1984 · Olympics · Southern California · California · McDonald's · Anita DeFrantz · Frank Sanchez

For more information contact:
Laura Walden ()

All original materials contained in this section are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Sports Features Communications, Inc the owner of that content. It is prohibited to alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.