For a group of children and teens in one of Los Angeles’ most underserved areas, there is now a lot to be thankful for.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, the LA84 Foundation today awarded a $50,000 grant to A Place Called Home (APCH) in front of more than 100 young athletes. The foundation also donated sports equipment to be used for APCH programs. A Place Called Home is an organization that provides children and teens (ages 8-17) that live in South Los Angeles with love, safety, enrichment, training, and opportunities through educational programs, counseling, and mentorship. The grant will help to fund APCH’s South Central Sports League. The South Central Sports League offers year-round seasonal sports programs, including soccer, fall football, basketball and volleyball, free of charge to over 1,000 participants in the area. This grant fills critical gap in the community where most youth do not engage in sufficient physical activity, especially organized youth sports.
“I hope you all know what a special place this is to realize your dreams,” LA84 Foundation President & CEO Renata Simril said to an eager crowd of APCH participants. “Whether it’s being on the sports field or a CEO.”
The LA84 Foundation aims to close the equity gap in youth sports participation with their recent announcement of over $1.5 million in grants to Southern California school-based and community youth sports organizations, including APCH’s grant. Their goal and initiative, the Play For All Movement, aims to get every child life ready through sports, regardless of socioeconomic status.