The LA84 Foundation’s 2018 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony celebration was featured on KCAL 9’s coverage of the 2018 Games, which are taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The LA84 Foundation’s PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony kickoff opened the Games in style on Friday, and KNBC’s Ted Chen was on the scene at the LA84 campus in the West Adams district. The event not only celebrated the Games and Los Angeles’ Korean community, but also to the youth that LA84 seeks to positively impact through sports. “It means the world,” said LA84 President & CEO Renata Simril on Friday about the kickoff. “I think it’s an inspiration to the youth, reflecting the diversity and culture on a world stage gives them an aspiration of ‘if they can see it, they can be it.'”
LA84 President & CEO Renata Simril appeared on ABC7 Eyewitness News today ahead of National Girls & Women in Sports Day on February 7. Simril discussed the importance of getting girls involved in sports, the LA84 Foundation’s impact in closing the gender equity gap in youth sports, and informed about the origins and importance of National Girls & Women in Sports Day.
Learn more about National Girls & Women in Sports Day here.
On November 16, 2017, the LA84 Foundation announced its awarding of more than $1.5 million in grants to youth sports organizations across Southern California. Read Los Angeles Times reporter Eric Sondheimer’s report on the grants release: http://www.latimes.com/la-sp-high-school-sports-updates-la84-foundation-awards-more-than-1-5-1510860220-htmlstory.html.
“The science is clear. Physical education and youth sports benefit kids in multiple ways. But budget cuts for schools at all levels — district, state and federal — are making it increasingly difficult for many students to have a gym class.”
P.E. is a social justice issue, but the 2017 LA84 Foundation Summit was featured on ThePostGame for offering solutions to this issue. Olympians and youth sports advocates alike united at the Summit, and ThePostGame caught up with four-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Janet Evans and three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings to hear their thoughts on the #PlayForAll movement and keeping kids active in 2017.
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How can we fix youth sports right now? GOOD Sports covered the 2017 LA84 Foundation Summit, and discovered four ways to tackle the issues that face youth sports. Check out what Olympians, student-athletes, youth sports advocates, and other experts in the field had to say during a day of thought-provoking and forward-thinking content focused on youth sports advancement.
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The 2017 LA84 Foundation Summit featured 2017 Rhodes Scholar Caylin Moore and an all-star lineup of panels and speakers all making a difference in youth sports. KNBC’s Lolita Lopez attended the conference, which saw Moore, a former NCAA football athlete and LA84 Foundation grantee youth, share his inspirational journey.
The LA84 Foundation was featured on CBSLA/KCAL’s segment on the upcoming LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic bid decision. KCBS/KCAL anchor Rick Garcia visited the foundation, learning how the legacy of LA’s last Olympic Games in 1984 is making a difference to this day as well as exploring LA84’s expansive Olympic artifact collection.
LA84 Foundation President & CEO Renata Simril has been named to the Sports Business Journal’s 2017 Game Changers list for Women in Sports Business. Simril joins 34 other women across the sports business sphere, and will be honored at the 2017 Game Changers Conference on September 14.
View the Sports Business Journal’s profile of Simril here., which notes her achievements at the LA84 Foundation since taking the helm in January 2016. Simril’s other 2017 accolades include being named to the Orange County Register’s 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports list, to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of The Los Angeles 500 Most Influential People of 2017, and was named a Visionary in Sports and Entertainment, 2017, by CSQ magazine.
Simril’s full biography can be viewed here.
A new soccer program, funded by LA City Council Presdent Herb Wesson and the LA84 Foundation, is taking a unique approach to youth sports. KNBC4 learned all about Street Soccer USA and how it will impact hundreds of aspiring soccer players in Los Angeles.