Latest Grants Support 13 Organizations, Reach Six Counties & Over 100 Schools
LOS ANGELES – The LA84 Foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants recently in Southern California, providing support to 13 youth-serving organizations that will reach over 100 schools and are projected to serve more than 23,000 kids in six counties across the region.
These grants continue in the LA84 Foundation’s longstanding effort to support a healthy balance of school- and community-based organizations that provide a wide range of sports-based youth development programs
“These efforts illustrate the impact on community health and childhood well-being that sports programs and structured play have collectively across our region,” said Renata Simril, President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation. “The work of these organizations has never been more important than it is today helping create play equity for all kids.”
This round of grants also aims to be responsive to the evolving needs of our partner organizations in their work with children and young people, who are still contending with the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our partners below.
The LA84 Foundation awarded $254,768 to the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, to support the Los Angeles County Intramural Novice Swim Team.
This program will serve youth ages 7-17, with a goal to reach at least 1,000 youth and introduce them to competitive swimming. It will operate at Belvedere Aquatic Center, Jesse Owens Park Pool, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park Pool, San Fernando Park Pool, and Castaic Aquatic Center. Support of swimming programs has been a cornerstone of LA84 Foundation grant making since its inception.
The LA84 Foundation awarded McKinley’s Children’s Center in San Dimas a $25,000 grant to support a pool renovation project for a program serving 200 foster and special needs youth. A grant of $35,000 was also awarded to Pools of Hope in Long Beach, to fund additional personnel for an adaptive swim program for children and youth with disabilities.
Playworks received a $135,000 grant to support sport and youth leadership programs at 42 schools in Southern California during the 2022-23 school years. Playworks will reach approximately 21,645 children through multi-sport programming that increases physical activity and social emotional skills.
A $54,000 grant will help the Sloane Stephens Foundation provide quality tennis instruction to children at elementary schools in the Compton Unified School District. With after-school programs in demand at these schools, sports and structured play opportunities are particularly valued.
Street Soccer USA in Los Angeles, which focuses on fighting poverty and empowering underserved communities through soccer, was awarded a $100,000 grant. In LA, Street Soccer is focused on nutritional programs, healthy eating habits, tutoring services and after-school education.
The GRYD Foundation was awarded a $100,000 grant to support personnel and athlete expenses for a multi-sport summer program. The GRYD Foundation’s mission is to create safer and healthier communities in Los Angeles that are heavily impacted by gang violence.
The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center which has an indoor pool, a full-size gym, education center, day camp, and includes athletic programs for youth, was awarded a $75,000 grant. Located in the Pico-Union District, these funds will support a multi-sport program in the community.
To help continue providing high-quality coaching education programs for youth organizations, Up2Us Sports – which focuses on low-income communities – was awarded a $30,000 grant.
Woodcraft Rangers, a mainstay in expanded learning for youth in the LA region for nearly a century, was awarded a $100,000 grant. This support will help with 440 students participating in their after-school running program at 22 middle schools across Los Angeles County.