POSTED: June 1st 2015
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IOC Executive Board member and rowing champion Anita DeFrantz steps down as LA84 Foundation President

Anita DeFrantz has truly created a tangible legacy from the Los Angeles 1984 Games putting it in a league of its own. DeFrantz has also championed women in sport as a priority and opened many doors for young girls © IOC
Anita DeFrantz has truly created a tangible legacy from the Los Angeles 1984 Games putting it in a league of its own. DeFrantz has also championed women in sport as a priority and opened many doors for young girls © IOC

The headquarters of the LA84 Foundation in Los Angeles © LA84 Foundation
The headquarters of the LA84 Foundation in Los Angeles © LA84 Foundation

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) LA84 Foundation President, Anita L. DeFrantz has officially announced her resignation as President of the Foundation. DeFrantz has served as President for the last 28 years and 30 years as a staff member.

DeFrantz commented, "It has been a wonderful place to work, and a privilege to lead the Foundation in its mission to serve youth through sport and enhance the knowledge of sports in society."

DeFrantz made sure to thank the LA84 Foundation Board for their extended support for her efforts. She went on to offer a special thanks to her two vice presidents; Wayne Wilson, leader of the Education Department and Patrick Escobar, leader of the Grants and Programs Department, for their dedicated service during her presidency.

"I have been fortunate to have such capable senior staff working with me. I leave knowing that their understanding of the mission of the Foundation and its goals will continue to serve the people of Southern California with clarity and compassion," expressed DeFrantz.

Forty percent of the surplus was endowed by the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games to the LA84 Foundation. The original endowment was $93 million and worked to fund over $225 million in expenditures as it has grown to $160 million. 2,162 youth sports organizations have been supported by the investments, along with Foundation-initiated programs like the annual Summer Swim program, which has taught over 300,000 youth the skills of aquatic sports and swimming. Other programs include the high school sports award program that is the United States' longest running high school sports award program; the coaching program, which has provided 80,000 people with free coaching workshops; over a dozen conferences on issues that are significant to sport; and the United States' leading sports research library.

DeFrantz stated, "Our work serving youth through sport has been based on the concepts of teaching, learning, and competition, the TLC of sport. We know that sport is an essential part of making youth life ready!"

"I am proud that the LA84 Foundation, although created as a regional institution, has become the leading convener for issues in sports for the nation and has reached the world through its dedication to sport," said DeFrantz.

Frank Sanchez, Chair of the Board, accepted DeFrantz resignation and expressed his and the Foundation's gratitude for the extraordinary work by her over the years. Sanchez also announced that DeFrantz has been named the President Emeritus of the Foundation.

"Anita DeFrantz has led the organization over these many years with integrity and grace, molding an institution, which has worldwide recognition. The Board understands that she has much more to offer the world and wishes her the best as she moves on with the rest of her career," voiced Sanchez.

DeFrantz will continue to serve as President until the end of 2015 or when a successor is named.

** 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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