This trio of civic-minded business and sports leaders have now joined forces with a leading youth development organization.
The LA84 Foundation announced today that Phyllis Easton, Bill O’Brien and Janet Evans have joined the non-profit organization’s Board of Directors.
The trio joins an illustrious group of continuing Board Members. They include: Chair of the Board, Frank M. Sanchez, LA84 Foundation President & CEO Renata Simril, Yvonne B. Burke, John F. Chavez, Debra Kay Duncan, Jonathan Glaser, Robert V. Graziano, Mariann Harris, Stan Kasten, Maureen Kindel, Patrick McClenahan, Peter V. Ueberroth, Walter F. Ulloa, Gilbert R. Vasquez and John Ziffren.
“The LA84 Foundation is honored to welcome Phyllis Easton, Bill O’Brien and Janet Evans as Board Members, and to the #PlayForAll Movement that we lead,” said Frank M. Sanchez, Chair of the Board. “These three iconic and inspirational individuals share a deep commitment to the Olympic Movement, youth development and working together to build a better and more just world.”
The #PlayForAll Movement is part of the LA84 Foundation campaign to promote the concept and practice of “Play Equity.” The Foundation is working hard to close the Play Equity Gap. Play Equity means fairness. Play Equity means opportunity. Play Equity means that the amount of exercise kids get must not be determined by their income or their zip codes.
Phyllis Easton is a member of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Advisors, the Easton Technology Management Center at UCLA Anderson Board of Advisors and the UCLA Neurology Board of Advisors. She served on the LA 2024 Board of Directors’ Los Angeles 2024 Exploratory Committee. She has shared international experiences and partnered with her husband Jim Easton during his tenure as IOC Member in the USA and International President of the World Archery Federation. Jim is an LA84 Foundation Board Member Emeritus, having served from 1992-2017.
“At this time when enthusiasm is high and the global passion for sport has been so obvious during the recent Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, we feel and understand the power of sport,” said Phyllis Easton. “It is an honor and privilege to be asked to serve on the LA84 Board and be part of the legacy from the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games that has elevated sport and has had such a positive impact on the youth of the city of Los Angeles.”
Bill O’Brien serves as Chief Executive Officer for Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling (RCCB), a West Coast Coca-Cola bottler and distributor operating in California and Nevada. O’Brien currently serves as a board member of the Los Angeles Sports Council. He formerly served on the boards of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and 2015 Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles.
“Coca-Cola has a proud history of supporting the Olympic movement. As the longest continuous sponsor of the Olympics, we are excited to continue building upon the legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games in communities that we serve and care about deeply.”
Janet Evans is the LA 2028 Director of Athlete Relations. Widely considered to be the greatest female distance swimmer in history, Evans earned four Olympic gold and one silver medal. She also broke seven world records during her swimming career.
Evans is returning to LA84 for a second stint, having previously sat on the Board from 2005-2010. Evans also has been a keynote speaker during each of the past two years at the annual LA84 Foundation Summit. (This year’s Summit will be held October 18, 2018.)
“I have always admired the LA84 Foundation and the work that Renata Simril and her team do every day here in our city. The work is nothing short of amazing.” Added Evans: “We all know the statistics about what sports does for young people, and what great contributions those young people make to our society. As an athlete myself, I’m a great believer in the mission of the LA84 Foundation and the opportunity it gives young people to participate in sport.”