POSTED: October 30th 2016

LA 2024 bid leaders attend LA84 Foundation's 5th Annual Youth Sports Summit

Mayor Garcetti speaks to LA84 Foundation's 5th Annual Youth Sports Summit © LA 2024
Mayor Garcetti speaks to LA84 Foundation's 5th Annual Youth Sports Summit © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Los Angeles (LA) 2024 reaffirmed their commitment to inspiring the next generation of athletes around the values of the Olympic Movement by attending the LA84 Foundation's 5th Annual Youth Sports Summit.

LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti; LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman; LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans; and Senior Advisor of Legacy and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Member, Anita DeFrantz were among the attendees. 400 civil leaders, world-class athletes, and sport industry executives gathered for a series of panel discussions on youth sports' future in the City of Angels.

LA84 Foundation President and CEO, Renata Simril addressed attendees stating, "Today demonstrated the power of sport to drive social change. It's meaningful that we're literally saving kids' lives by the work that you all do."

The discussion panels focused on topics that included the role sports plays in improving academic performances of students, girls' participation in youth sports, and ways to bring the 2024 Games back to LA.  

The Summit also unveiled the results from the first-ever LA County Youth Sports Participation Survey. The results showed that LA youth sports participation rates were above the national average in 16 of the 20 analyzed sports. The survey also revealed that in the LA area over 80% of youth between the 6-17 years old are active in sports.

"I literally wouldn't be here without youth sports; Encino Little League, playing basketball, I wrestled, I did things for me that really shaped who I am...If I didn't have the experience of sports when some days you win and some days you lose but as long as you keep showing up and playing hard, I wouldn't have the resilience to see this through," expressed Mayor Garcetti.

In addition, approximately 50 Olympians and Paralympians, who compete in Rio 2016, came together the night before the Summit at the LA84 Foundation headquarters. The Southern California Olympians and Paralympians (SCOP) alumni group and the LA84 Foundation joined them for a welcome home celebration.  

Chairman Wasserman concluded, "The LA84 Foundation is enduring proof of the power of sport to serve our communities and has inspired our work to bring the Games back to a city that loves and continues to benefit from the Olympic Movement. If elected as the 2024 Host City, LA 2024 looks forward to building on the success of the LA84 Foundation to inspire and serve the next generation of Angelenos around the positive values of sport."

** 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

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