LOS ANGELES  – (April 15, 2021) – The LA84 Foundation announces more than $960,000 in grants to Southern California school-based and community youth sports organizations for its spring grant cycle.  The LA84 Foundation is 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.

The LA84 Foundation’s commitment to Play Equity is also demonstrated in the range of the grants announced today. Funding is dedicated 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/instructor education to develop healthier and more engaged young people,
  • To continue to contribute and support the expansion of meaningful sports opportunities for young people with physical disabilities.

“We’re moving into spring with optimism and hope, and we recognize many of these organizations have been through a year that was defined by enormous challenges,” said Renata Simril, President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation. “Our grant making reflects that to respond with flexibility to the needs of our partners while supporting the programs and facilities they provide to young people.”

The LA84 Foundation believes no child should be excluded from access to sports or structured play opportunities and begin a cycle of lower expectations and frustration. Despite these efforts, over recent decades a gap between the children who have access to participate and those who cannot has continued to grow. This is the Play Equity gap. As advocates, the LA84 Foundation and its partners continue to address these issues with all facets of our work.

The following organizations received grants from the LA84 Foundation:

Beat the Streets Los Angeles Inc., which received $50,000 for its youth wrestling program;

Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley and Eastside, which received $75,000 for its sailing and basketball programs;

Heart of Los Angeles Youth Inc., which was awarded $80,000 for its youth soccer and basketball leagues;

Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, which received $25,000 for its adaptive wheelchair basketball program;

Taking the Reins, which was given $20,000 for its all-girls equestrian riding program;

Team Prime Time, which received $62,000 for its adaptive youth basketball program;

The Southern California Golf Foundation, which was awarded $100,000 for its youth golf program;

Youth N Motion Academy, which received $35,000 for its martial arts and archery program; and

Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Fullerton, which was awarded $25,000 for full day enrichment programming.