POSTED: December 8th 2015

Olympics: LA84 Foundation continues to give back to the local community with over US$771k in grants

IOC Executive Board Member and President of the LA84 Foundation Anita DiFrantz / LA84 Foundation
IOC Executive Board Member and President of the LA84 Foundation Anita DiFrantz / LA84 Foundation

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

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The LA84 Foundation today added another US$771k in grants giving back to the Southern California community giving over US$4.5 million in 2015. It is the leading financial supporter of youth sports in Southern California and provides a solid tangible legacy for the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid.

Established with a US$93 million surplus from the Los Angeles 1984 Games, in the past 30 years the foundation has given back to the community investing over US $225 million to grow grass roots sports.

"Thousands of children are still reaping the rewards of the 1984 Olympic Games hosted in Los Angeles more than three decades ago," said Anita L. DeFrantz, President of the LA84 Foundation and Executive Board Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"We are grateful for the positive affect LA84 and our donors are able to have on the lives of youth by providing opportunities to develop life skills through sport, regardless of ability or status."

The funding will provide for highly-needed facilities, staff and equipment for a wide array of youth sports programs across Southern California, including cycling, running, soccer, martial arts, swimming, and rowing, among others.

This grant will go out to 30 organizations to support programs that combined reach 24,000 children including youth with disabilities.

In a statement the foundation confirmed that the money would be going toward "a new sports court floor in the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley's gymnasium; new rowing shells for the Lake Casitas Rowing Association; golf instruction and equipment for the Southern California Golf Association Foundation's Youth on Course Junior Golf program; the completion of the Yucaipa BMX Sports Complex to support Strada Corsa, Inc.'s youth cycling program; boxing instructors and equipment for the Any Body Can Youth Resorts Foundation; an equestrian program for special needs youth at Carousel Ranch; Inc.; and marathon training programs at the Santa Clarita Track Club Inc., among others".

The largest grant of US $85k goes to Mt. San Antonio Community College District and will reach approximately 6,000 youth. It will support instructional clinics and school-based track meets at elementary and middle schools throughout the region, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

Keywords · Olympics · LA84 Foundation · Los Angeles 2024

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