More Than 46,000 Youngsters to Benefit from Grants to Youth Sports Organizations by the LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation announced today $1,512,530 in grants to support 28 youth sports programs in Southern California benefitting more than 46,000 boys and girls. Since 1985, the Foundation which is the legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, has spent more than $200 million to carry out its mission to serve youth through sport and promote an understanding of the role of sport in society. This is more than twice the original endowment ($93 million) with which the Foundation was created.
“There is a wealth of evidence that demonstrates the academic benefits to youngsters who participate in sports,” said Anita L. DeFrantz LA84 Foundation president. “Youngsters who play sports learn the skills of discipline, team work, time management and gain self-confidence. These tools help them succeed in school and in life. It is important that every youngster in Southern California who wishes has the opportunity to participate in sports. We ask others to join our efforts and assist the organizations that are providing those opportunities.”
Among the organizations receiving the latest grants is Kids In Sports (KIS) ($395,000). KIS supports and coordinates the activities at 11 sports clubs that provide sports programs for youth in underserved areas of LA County. With a strong group of community adults, KIS offers more than 8,000 girls and boys, ages 7-17, the opportunity to participate in baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball programs. More than 12,000 youngsters at 180 elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District will benefit from the grant to LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) which received $300,000. The grant will enable youngsters served by LA’s BEST to participate in seasonal sports, including softball, basketball, flag football and soccer.
The Southern California Tennis Association will use its $150,000 grant award to provide tennis instruction and equipment to 8,500 youngsters at 150 sites throughout Southern California. Mt. San Antonio College received $120,000 to continue the largest introductory youth track & field program in the nation. More than 8,000 youngsters will receive basic instruction in track & field events and have the opportunity to compete in the LA84 Foundation/Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days. The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation of Los Angeles County received $76,200 to create a sports outdoor facility at the Compton Youth Activities League Center. Play Rugby-California Inc. is using its $60,000 grant award to bring flag rugby to 720 youngsters throughout Los Angeles. The award of $53,440 to Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Inc. will be used to enhance sports programming for more than 1,000 boys and girls it serves in the Rampart District of Los Angeles.
The Chatsworth Junior Baseball League, Inc. ($50,000) will use funding to improve its baseball fields. The John C. Argue Swim Team ($35,000) offers competitive swimming opportunities for youngsters at the LA84 Foundation/John C. Argue Swimming Stadium in South Los Angeles. P. F. Bresee Foundation ($35,000) will strengthen its after-school sports program in the Mid-Wilshire/Pico-Union areas of Los Angeles. Catholic Charities, Inc. ($25,000) will use the funding to provide a middle-school soccer program in parishes of need in Los Angeles. A Place Called Home ($21,875) will support its sports teams and participation in the South Central Sports League. Boys and girls served by the Eastside Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles ($20,000) will have increased support to swim and play soccer. Greater San Diego After-School All-Stars ($19,185) will use its funds for uniforms and soccer and football equipment for its program in some of the poorest neighborhoods in San Diego. Pleasant Valley Swim Club ($15,000) will pay for a timing system and other equipment for its swimming program serving youngsters in Camarillo and Ventura. Young Men’s Christian Association of Metropolitan Los Angeles-Hollywood Wilshire ($15,000) will get more kids involved in its Junior Lakers basketball program. Youth ‘N Motion Academy, Inc. ($13,650) will strengthen its martial arts program offered in the Leimert Park and Baldwin Hills neighborhoods. East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center ($13,500) in West Covina plans to refinish its gym floor which is heavily used for basketball, judo and karate. Toberman Neighborhood Center, Inc. ($12,180) in San Pedro will get more boys and girls involved in its soccer and basketball programs.
Under the Foundation’s small grants program, 9 organizations were awarded grants up to $10,000 each to assist them in their sports programming. These are Antelope Valley Youth Athletics, Inc. ($7,500); Crenshaw Cougars Youth Football Organization ($10,000); Inner City Education Foundation ($10,000, South Los Angeles, Inglewood); Institute for the Redesign of Learning dba The Almansor Center ($5,000, Los Angeles, San Gabriel); Kids Enjoy Exercise Now Los Angeles $10,000, Elysian Park); Metropolitan PONY Baseball ($10,000, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Pico Union); Orange County Youth Commission ($10,000, Santa Ana); Santa Clarita Track Club, Inc. ($10,000); Temple City Amateur Softball Association ($10,000).
F. Patrick Escobar