LOS ANGELES – The LA84 Foundation is pleased to announce its 5th annual summit at the JW Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles on October 27, 2016. This year’s event is themed Playing Forward: The Present and Future of Youth Sports and will serve as a platform to highlight the LA84 Foundation’s commitment to leveling the playing field for all children, while reinforcing the importance of youth sports in the minds of policy makers and the public.
Hosted by ESPN’s Sage Steele, the LA84 Summit will bring together a diverse and powerful group of civic leaders, sports executives, athletes and non-profit leaders to share new thinking and best practices around elevating youth sports. Confirmed speakers include Janet Evans, Olympian & Vice Chair & Director of Athlete Relations, LA 2024 Bid Committee; Casey Wasserman, Chairman, LA2024 Bid Committee, Chairman & CEO, Wasserman Media Group; Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO; US Soccer Foundation; Brenda Villa, Founder, Project 2020, Coach, Olympian, Water Polo; and Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Chief Executive Officer, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Olympian, Track & Field.
“We are proud of the mark LA84 has made on the Los Angeles community and look forward to expanding our impact so every child, especially those in underserved communities, can participate and experience the transformative power of youth sports,” says Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. “By bringing together thought leaders from the sports, philanthropic and civic arenas for the annual LA84 Summit, we will continue to grow awareness around important issues in youth sports and position sport as an essential part of positive youth development.”
At the LA84 Summit, Simril will share the results of a Los Angeles County Youth Sports Participation Survey. The audit is the first of its kind to analyze youth sports participation rates, training programs for coaches, availability of sports facilities, sports organizations and potential resources for the advancement of youth sports at a local level.
Also during the LA84 Summit, speakers will lead conversations around the theme Playing Forward. Topics include the youth sports dropout problem, girls in sports, resource equity, the impact the Olympics and other major sports events on youth sports, and tangible ways the community can work to level and elevate the field of youth sports.
For more information about the LA84 Summit and to purchase tickets, please visit LA84summit.org.
About The LA84 Foundation
As a legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation continues to be a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and elevating the importance of sports in positive youth development. LA84 seeks to provide an opportunity for every child to participate in sports and experience the wide range of positive outcomes associated with youth sport participation. Since its launch in 1985, LA84 has invested millions in the communities that supported the Games, reaching more than 3 million youth throughout Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego County. The LA84 Foundation continues to promote the spirit of the 1984 Olympic Games by convening and engaging local, national and international audiences about the role of sport in society, and the impact of the Olympic Games on host cities, especially as we look ahead to the 2024 Games. LA84’s headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles, where it houses meeting facilities and the world’s premier sports library. For more information, please visit www.la84.org.