LOS ANGELES (June 18, 2015) — Every middle school in LAUSD will be among the beneficiaries of the latest round of youth sports grants announced today by the LA84 Foundation. A total of $1.3 million is being awarded to 38 regional youth sports organizations that together reach nearly 34,000 children, including youth with disabilities.
This new round of grants support programs that offer a diverse range of organized sports for young people, including basketball, swimming, baseball, softball, equestrian sports, soccer, football, martial arts, volleyball, hockey, golf, long-distance running, rowing, tennis, boxing and cycling. LA84 also funds programs for young children to introduce them to competitive sports and encourage healthy lifestyles. With the grants announced today, the Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million this year alone and is on track to providing approximately $4 million total in 2015, making it the leading financial supporter of youth sports in Southern California.
The largest award is going to LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell Branch program. An eight-time grant recipient, Beyond the Bell Branch provides a variety of after-school services to LAUSD students. LA84’s award of $452,545 will fund coaches and equipment for the program’s intermural sports league across all 94 middle schools in the district, reaching approximately 9,000 children.
Southern California Goalball program, an indoor adaptive team sport for visually impaired athletes. The Therapeutic Riding Center of Huntington Beach, which serves children living with a variety of physical and mental disabilities, is also being granted $10,000 to extend its hours, helping the program to serve more young people. Other grantees that serve disabled children include Camp of Champions A & M in the Coachella Valley, LA-based Team Prime Time and Heartwell Baseball’s Babe Ruth League in Los Angeles and the South Bay; each was provided with a $10,000 grant.
The grants announced today come in addition to LA84’s gift of $250,000 announced in January to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, helping to cover venue costs and expenses for athletes and equipment for the event— the largest single event hosted by the city since the 1984 Olympic Games.
“It’s rewarding to see that the Olympic Games we hosted in Los Angeles more than three decades ago continue to offer thousands of children the critical opportunity to develop life skills through sport, regardless of ability,” said Anita L. DeFrantz, President of the LA84 Foundation and Executive Member of the International Olympic Committee. “As we look forward to the commencement of the Special Olympics World Games next month, we celebrate all programs that open doors to children who might not otherwise have the chance to experience the joy of sports.”
Other notable grant recipients announced today include the following:
• Students Run LA, the nationally celebrated long-distance running program that provides training and mentorship for at-risk secondary students across Southern California to complete the LA Marathon, received a grant of $125,000 for race entry fees and uniforms. Remarkably, 98% of SRLA’s high school seniors last year graduated from high school, and 96% had plans to go to college.
• The GRYD Foundation’s Summer Night Lights program was awarded $100,000 for uniforms and sports equipment. The program is part of GRYD’s efforts to reduce gang violence by extending operating hours at 32 parks and recreation centers across the city during the summer months.
• The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center’s Olympic Challenge in Pasadena ($56,651) and the EXPO Center Learn-to-Swim program in Los Angeles ($60,000) were each recognized for their ongoing commitment to drowning prevention through swimming education. Separately, LA84 operates its own Summer Swim program that reaches approximately 20,000 youth in the region annually.
Originally endowed with $93 million of the surplus funds from the 1984 Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation has built a strong reputation as the leading regional supporter of youth sports programs through its renowned grantmaking, research and coaching education programs. Over the past 30 years, LA84 has invested more than $225 million back into communities across Southern California.
Visit the LA84 Foundation website for a complete list of this round’s grant recipients and award amounts, as well as more information about the LA84 grant application process.
About the LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus from the successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received an endowment of $93 million. Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested more than $225 million back into the communities that supported the Games, supporting more than 3 million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world’s premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation provides grants to youth sports organizations, manages programs, including a coaching education program, and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For more information, please visit la84.org.