POSTED: November 12th 2014

The LA84 Foundation boosts the legacy of the Games giving more than $475K back to grassroots sports programs

The headquarters of the LA84 Foundation / LA84 Foundation
The headquarters of the LA84 Foundation / LA84 Foundation

CHAD MARINO / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games are still giving back to the youth of Southern California as the LA84 Foundation awards more than $475K reaching out to 11,220 budding young athletes.

The LA84 Foundation was established from the surplus of money generated from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and has invested more than $220 million back into the communities that supported the event. 30 years later the Foundation continues to invest proceeds to support youth sports amongst the eight southernmost counties of California.

Recently the foundation announced $477,814 in grants to support 15 community youth athletic programs. A grand total of 4.7 million has been awarded this year alone.

The most recent awards have been in support of a wide spectrum of youth sports such as basketball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, martial arts, track and field, cross country, canoeing/kayaking, softball, boxing and golf. The grants will reach approximately 11,200 youth athletes, providing them with the opportunity to use sport to develop essential fitness and life skills.

“These grants reflect LA84’s ongoing commitment to ensure that as many children as possible are made life ready through sports,” said Anita L. DeFrantz, President of the LA84 Foundation and Executive Board member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The largest grant was awarded to the Mt. San Antonio Community College District to continue the LA84 Foundation/Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days Track and Field Program. This program can be attributed for introducing upwards of 420,000 youth to the sport of Track and Field. The grant money goes towards funding such things as instructional track and field clinics, “Munchkin Runs” for boys and girls ages 2-12, as well as the annual Youth Days Track and Field Meet in March.

Another one of the larger grants that was handed out by the LA84 foundation wass awarded to “THINK Together”. They are a nonprofit leading community based organization dedicated to improving academic outcomes in underprivileged communities. Due to budget cuts many of the schools in the Los Angeles and Riverside area rely on THINK Together to provide after school programs.

The boys and Girls clubs of Southern California will also benefit from the grants being provided. Volleyball, basketball and indoor soccer leagues of the South Coast Area and the Santa Clarita Valley, the youth aquatics programs in San Dieguito and the intramural youth athletics program in La Habra can be added to the list of groups that will be assisted by this round of grants. In total, the grants will reach more than 2,500 youth participating in these organizations’ critical after school sports programs. First time grantees such as the Jurupa Valley Boxing Club, and Glendora Lassie League were awarded funds to assist in improving and advancing their programs. 

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