Youth Sports Programs Across Southern California to Benefit from Latest Round of LA84 Foundation Grants
More than $1.3 million to be distributed to programs in seven counties in the region, serving nearly 30,000 kids across 15 sports
LOS ANGELES – (Oct. 29, 2020) – The LA84 Foundation announces more than $1.3 million in grants to Southern California school-based and community youth sports organizations for its Fall grant cycle, serving youth in 15 sports across seven counties.
This grant docket includes of a mix of organizations with a range of programs that support sports-based youth development efforts. The LA84 Foundation is also being responsive to its grantees in providing support for their evolving needs as organizations contend with the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing program shutdowns and the economic downturn.
The LA84 Foundation continues its commitment to its partners in this round of funding, by supporting the collective work of the sports-based youth development ecosystem across communities in the region.
The LA84 Foundation’s commitment to Play Equity is also demonstrated in the breadth and range of the grants announced today. Funds are going to:
- School-based programs to support kids in the places where they spend most of their time,
- Field refurbishment for improved playing conditions and increased safety for participants,
- Coaching education in order to develop better athletes and better people,
- To contribute in meaningful ways to support the expansion of sports opportunities for young people with physical disabilities.
“It’s never been more important for the LA84 Foundation to fund and build programs that reach young people and provide opportunities for healthy activity and youth development,” said Renata Simril, President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation. “Our efforts have always been focused on sports and resources that help kids, parents, coaches and communities. We’re also committed to the nonprofits who provide these programs, whether with general operating support or their capacity building to help with the new challenges they are facing in 2020.”
A look at how the LA84 Foundation’s grantees are supporting Southern California communities:
For USA Judo, a $21,600 grant will help to re-establish a successful 2019 pilot judo program that was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to American College of Sports Medicine, judo is the safest contact sport for children under 13 years of age. USA Judo has partnered with LA City Recreation & Parks to provide the program, understanding that it will be funded by revenues received via LA 2028 from the International Olympic Committee that were earmarked for youth programming.
A $25,000 grant will help Mar Vista Family Center support personnel, equipment and venue costs for a youth soccer and futsal program. MVFC’s soccer/futsal program is vital in providing a safe space to disenfranchised children and youth who come from a low-income community with limited recreational opportunities. Now more than ever, children need a safe place to be active without putting themselves or their families at risk during this pandemic.
Playworks received a $135,000 grant to support sport and youth leadership programs at 23 schools, and professional development at 34 schools in Southern California during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. Resources connected to Playworks programming will reach approximately 19,528 children and 60 adults that work with elementary aged youth through virtual and in-person programming that increases physical activity and social emotional skills. Programming includes interscholastic school sports leagues, the Junior Play Coach Leadership program, and professional development trainings and digital resources for educators.
For Saint Sebastian Sports Project (SSSP), a $40,000 grant will help support equipment costs of a sports-based youth development program. Saint Sebastian Sports Project has nearly 10 years’ experience delivering sports programming to Catholic schools in the area and continues to scale its efforts in the community. Through a recent partnership with Fit Kids, SSSP has offered the curriculum, training and materials to 14 of its 59 schools since 2018. Funding from LA84 allows for expansion to all 59 schools.
A $291,418 grant will help THINK Together offer free sports programs to middle school youth at 81 public schools in the counties of Los Angeles (54 schools), Riverside (22 schools) and San Bernardino (5 schools). These programs primarily serve Latino (82%) and African American (10%) youth, and 85% qualify for the Free/Reduced Meal program. Depending on state, county and district guidelines, THINK Together plans to launch sports programs in a virtual environment with 30-40 minutes of physical activity instruction per day for 3-4 times per week. Using Skillastics – an evidence-based curriculum – staff will facilitate virtual sessions to help students engage in physical activity, while teaching sports skills. To reinforce at-home learning, 40 students per school will receive their own sports kit, to include a soccer ball or other sports equipment.
Additionally, the following organizations also received grants from the LA84 Foundation:
- ACEing Autism
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles
- Boys & Girls Clubs of North County
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast
- Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership
- Mt. San Antonio College
- P.F. Bresee Foundation
- Proyecto Pastoral
- San Bernardino Youth Baseball
- Santa Barbara School of Squash
- The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley