Playing Forward: The Present and Future of Youth Sports

On October 27, 2016, the LA84 Foundation hosted over 400 civic leaders, sports industry executives, top athletes and difference-makers in the youth sports sphere at its Fifth Annual Summit. Themed Playing Forward: The Present and Future of Youth Sports, the Summit highlighted the foundation’s commitment to leveling the playing field and reinforcing the importance of youth sports. Speakers included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Kings President Luc Robitaille and Chairman of the LA 2028 Bid Committee Casey Wasserman, as well as Olympians Janet Evans, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Gary Hall Jr. among others. See highlights, event information, and learn more about the Summit below.

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Lex Gillette Sings the National Anthem

The Paralympic star shows off another incredible talent.

Voices from the Field

Five young athletes tackle the biggest issues in youth sports.

The Olympic Effect

LA 2024 leaders discuss the Olympic impact on youth sports.

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Featured Speakers Sub Heading

2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Fencing

Ibtihaj Muhammad

2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Fencing
President, Business Operations, Alternative Governor, LA Kings

Luc Robitaille

President, Business Operations, Alternative Governor, LA Kings
Olympian, Vice Chair

Janet Evans

Olympian, Vice Chair & Director of Athlete Relations, LA 2024 Bid Committee
  • Chairman, LA2024 Bid Committee, Chairman

    Casey Wasserman

    Chairman, LA2024 Bid Committee, Chairman & CEO, Wasserman Media Group
    CEO, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation; Olympian

    Benita Fitzgerald Mosley

    CEO, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation; Olympian
    Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion, ESPN Analyst and Reporter

    Julie Foudy

    Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion, ESPN Analyst and Reporter
    Founder, Project 2020; Coach; Olympian, Water Polo

    Brenda Villa

    Founder, Project 2020; Coach; Olympian, Water Polo
    2016 Olympian, Track

    Barbara Nwaba

    2016 Olympian, Track & Field
    President

    Renata Simril

    President & CEO, LA84 Foundation
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    Thursday, October 27, 2016
    7:30amRegistration & Continental Breakfast
    8:30amMayoral Address with Mayor Eric Garcetti
    8:45am Life Transformed Through Sports: Setting a New Course
    Renata Simril, President and CEO, LA84 Foundation
    9:05am The Impact of the Olympics on Youth Sports: LA84 + LA24 = Legacy Squared
    Janet Evans (Olympian, Vice Chair & Director of Athlete Relations, LA 2024 Bid Committee) and Casey Wasserman (Chairman, LA2024 Bid Committee, Chairman & CEO, Wasserman Media Group) moderated by Alan Abrahamson (Lecturer, Journalism, USC Annenberg)
    10:00amYouth Sports Breakout Sessions
    Session 1: The Power of Girls Who Play, Presented by LA 2024
    Marlene Bjornsrud (Director of Strategic Relationships, Alliance of Women Coaches), Laura Gentile (Senior Vice President, espnW and Women's Initiatives), Nicole LaVoi (Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota) & Blanca Gonzalez, (Vice President/General Manager West Territory, Nike) moderated by Lolita Lopez (KNBC Reporter)
    Session 2: Equity in Play: Safety, Space & Money, Presented by the Los Angeles Times
    Dr. Keith Feder (Co-founder, Team to Win; Director, West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation), Ed Foster-Simeon (President & CEO, US Soccer Foundation), Keith Johnson (Executive Director, Falcons Youth and Family Services) & Brenda Villa (Founder, Project 2020; Coach; Olympian, Water Polo) moderated by Tony Brown (Executive Director, Heart of Los Angeles)
    Session 3: Playing Smart: Solutions to the Youth Sports Dropout Problem, Presented by Fox Sports West
    Rafael Acosta (Regional Director, LAUSD Beyond the Bell), Luc Robitaille (President, Business Operations, Alternative Governor, LA Kings), Jim Thompson (Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Positive Coaching Alliance), Nichol Whiteman (Executive Director, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation) moderated by Mark Hyman (George Washington University, Author: The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today’s Families)
    10:50amBreak
    11:10amVoices from the Field: Today’s Athletes
    Jaiher Douglas (Basketball, Football, Augustus Hawkins High School), Emily Eisner (Founder, Play It Forward, Sierra Canyon School), Ezra Frech (Parathlete, Track & Field, Brentwood School), Kayla Novak (Cycling, Tennis, Redondo Union High School), SaraJoy Salib (Water Polo Athlete, Venice High School) moderated by Gary Hall, Jr. (Olympian, Swimming, Healthcare Advocate)
    11:55amElevating the Field: Maximizing Impact through Collaboration
    Kelly Cheeseman (COO, AEG Sports), Sherrie Deans (Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association Foundation), Caitlin Morris (North America Executive Director, Global Community Impact, Nike), Benita Fitzgerald Mosley (CEO, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation; Olympian) moderated by Tom Penn (President & Co-Owner, Los Angeles Football Club)
    12:45pmLunch & Networking
    1:20pmStriving for Excellence: Stories from the Rio Olympics + How They Began
    Lex Gillette (2016 Paralympian, four-time medalist, Track & Field), Steven Lopez (2016 Olympian, three-time medalist, Taekwondo), Ibtihaj Muhammad (2016 Olympian, Fencing), Barbara Nwaba (2016 Olympian, Track & Field) moderated by Julie Foudy
    2:10pmClosing Remarks
    Renata Simril (President & CEO, LA84 Foundation)

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