POSTED: January 23rd 2015
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LA84 awards over US$1.68 million in grants to celebrate 30th year of legacy

The LA84 Foundation headquarters and library in Los Angeles / LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation headquarters and library in Los Angeles / LA84 Foundation

One notable grant is the $250,000 award that the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will receive for this summer's event.

IOC Executive Board member and champion rower, Anita DeFrantz,  is the president of the LA84 Foundation and has been at the helm since the start / IOC Juillart
IOC Executive Board member and champion rower, Anita DeFrantz, is the president of the LA84 Foundation and has been at the helm since the start / IOC Juillart

The Los Angeles Games left a tangible legacy for the Southern California area / Steve Sowerby
The Los Angeles Games left a tangible legacy for the Southern California area / Steve Sowerby

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) It was announced yesterday, by the LA84 Foundation Board of Directors, that more than $1.68 million in grants will be awarded to 22 youth sports organizations in Southern California. Over 30 years ago, the LA84 was originally endowed with 40% of the 1984 Olympic Games surplus funds. Since then, LA84 has become the region's leading supporter of youth sports and has invested over $220 million into thousands of community programs, reaching over 3 million youth.

One notable grant is the $250,000 award that the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which is being held in Los Angeles this summer, will be receiving. It has a similar cycle as the Olympic games, and is expected to bring in around 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers. This will make it the largest sports or humanitarian event in the world for 2015, and the largest event that the City of Los Angeles has hosted since the 1984 Olympic Games. The LA84's grant will go towards helping cover venue costs, along with athlete and equipment expenses.

President and CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Patrick McClenahan stated, "Approximately 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will be traveling to Los Angeles this summer to compete, and LA84's support will go a long way to help make our event a success."

McClenahan, who also sits on the LA84 Foundation's Board of Directors, added, "Thanks to this grant, many of the world's most inspirational competitors will carry forth the positive legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games and motivate a whole new generation with their courage, determination and joy."

In addition, this month's grants will reach over 36,300 youth, spreading across eight of the southernmost counties of California, which are participating in a wide range of sports programs that will promote healthy and active lifestyles. Some of the sports involved include cycling, baseball, softball, golf, boxing, soccer, volleyball, rugby, basketball, tennis, football, gymnastics. equestrian sports, cross country, squash, along with track and field.

This round of grants also highlight some of the region's most respected youth programs and ongoing partnerships will the LA84. Such programs include:

LA's Best , who will receive $335,000. This grant will help with their after school programs that serve 12,500 students, who are enrolled in 194 elementary schools, located in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Southern California Tennis Association will be awarded $150,000. The grant will aid their organization, which serves 8,800 economically disadvantaged youth, by getting them involved in tennis programs. The association has 100 different sites across the Southland.

Play Rugby, Inc. will be able to provide additional funding for officials and personnel, that oversee 2,000 youth in the program, thanks to this year's grant of $75,680.

Kids in Sports Los Angeles will be awarded $326,000 to fund their ongoing work in the community, which currently operates six clubs across Los Angeles County.

Another $74,222 will be awarded to The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, which supports the Los Angeles Dodgers' work with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI). RBI gives opportunities for disadvantaged youth a chance to take part in baseball and softball programs. LA84's grant is to aid in increasing girls' involvement in softball programs across Venice, Compton, and South Los Angeles.

Futhermore, there were a number of first-time recipients who were awarded smaller grants. Girls on the Run of San Diego and Moorpark Striders, two regional track and field programs, were among the new recipients. Along with CoachArt, which provides children, living with chronic illnesses in East and South Los Angeles, a chance to participate in free athletics and arts programs.

President of the LA84 Foundation and Executive Board Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Anita L. DeFrantz commented, "As we enter our thirtieth year as an organization and continue to celebrate the gift from the 1984 Olympic Games in our communities, it's gratifying to see the positive effects of our long-term partnerships with some of Southern California's leading sports organizations."

She concluded, "It's also exciting to recognize up-and-coming organizations opening doors to youth who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to participate in sports."

A full list of the award amounts and recipients can be found on their official webpage.

**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com. 


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