The LA84 Foundation continues to burn the torch of the 1984 Olympic Games, having impacted more than 3 million youth through youth sports. As the past looks ahead to the future, FOX 11 In Depth and host Hal Eisner visited LA84 to show how the foundation is working to positively impact lives through sport across Southern California alongside the LA 2024 Olympic bid. See how LA84 is changing lives and futures through rugby, swimming and everything else in between. There might even be a sneak peek at a makeover for beloved 1984 mascot Sam the Eagle.
The LA84 Foundation has been led by two powerful female leaders, President and CEO Renata Simril and President Emeritus Anita L. DeFrantz. As the LA 2024 bid gains steam ahead of September’s 2024 Olympic Games announcement, Simril, DeFrantz and a group of women are taking on crucial leadership roles. FOX 11 News caught up with the impressive group and dived into how their irreplaceable roles are also setting the stage for young girls and women to see them as role models knocking down the doors of gender inequality.
“There’s been a focal point on participation, in which we’ve seen a massive increase. Now, the tide is turning,” said LA 2024 Chief Strategy Officer, hockey gold medalist and IOC member Angela Ruggiero. “Obviously, leadership roles for women in sport is a component in that. Resources for women athletes in their training is a component of that.”