The new era of youth sports: Play for All

On October 27th, 2017, we hosted the Sixth Annual LA84 Foundation Summit at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. We brought together more than 350 civic leaders, sports executives, non-profit leaders, national sports experts, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes for a full day of thought-provoking and forward-thinking content focused on youth sports advancement.

The theme for the Sixth Annual LA84 Foundation Summit was “The New Era of Youth Sports: Play for All”.  Speakers focused on equity, inclusion, innovative ways to ensure that all youth have equal access to sport as a way to promote positive development and life-long well-being.

Through keynotes, panels and breakout sessions, featured speakers  shared insights on the latest trends in youth sports, best practices on how to harness the power of technology, collaboration and innovation to increase access and drive social change through sport and structured play and inspired with personal stories of impact on how sports has transformed lives on and off the field of play.




Changing Perception Through The Power Of Sport

Paralympian Mallory Weggemann wowed the audience with her story of triumph.

Bringing the Games Back to LA: LA 2028 Olympic Legacy

Janet Evans discusses LA’s first successful Olympic bid since the 1984 Games.

Baron Davis Joins the #PlayForAll Movement

The two-time NBA All-Star spoke about the #PlayForAll Movement and youth sports.


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Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Beach Volleyball [tf_popup link="39379" color="#fff"]Full Bio[/tf_popup]

Kerri Walsh Jennings

Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Beach Volleyball Full Bio
Most Decorated Athlete in Track

Allyson Felix

Most Decorated Athlete in Track & Field History Full Bio
Commentator, Journalist, Musician, and Producer [tf_popup link="39226" color="#fff"]Full Bio[/tf_popup]

Sal Masekela

Commentator, Journalist, Musician, and Producer Full Bio
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    Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion, ESPN Analyst and Reporter [tf_popup link="39210" color="#fff"]Full Bio[/tf_popup]

    Julie Foudy

    Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion, ESPN Analyst and Reporter Full Bio
    Two-time NBA All-Star; CEO - Baron Davis Enterprises [tf_popup link="39560" color="#fff"]Full Bio[/tf_popup]

    Baron Davis

    Two-time NBA All-Star; CEO – Baron Davis Enterprises Full Bio
    LA 2028 Director of Athlete Relations, Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming [tf_popup link="39783" color="#fff"]Full Bio[/tf_popup]

    Janet Evans

    LA 2028 Director of Athlete Relations, Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming Full Bio

    Renata Simril

    President & CEO, LA84 Foundation Full Bio
    Long Snapper from the University of Southern California [tf_popup link="39562" color="#fff"]Full Bio[/tf_popup]

    Jake Olson

    Long Snapper from the University of Southern California Full Bio
    2017 Rhodes Scholar [tf_popup link="39559" color="#fff"]Full Bio[/tf_popup]

    Caylin Moore

    2017 Rhodes Scholar Full Bio
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    Friday, October 27, 2017
    8:00am - 9:00amRegistration & Continental Breakfast
    9:00am - 9:05amWelcome: Intro remarks with Summit emcee, Julie Foudy (Two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion, ESPN Analyst and Reporter)
    9:10am - 9:25amKickoff: Expanding the Legacy: Play for All
    Renata Simril (President and CEO, LA84 Foundation)
    9:30am - 9:45amLA 2028 Olympic Update: Bringing the Games Back to LA: LA 2028 Olympic Legacy
    Janet Evans, LA 2028 Director of Athlete Relations and Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming
    9:50am - 10:10am Interview: Making an Impact: Sports as a Foundation for Life
    Caylin Moore (2017 Rhodes Scholar) with Keith Johnson (Executive Director, Falcons Youth and Family Services), moderated by Lolita Lopez (General Assignment Reporter, NBC4 Southern California)
    10:15am - 10:45amPanel Discussion: Play to Succeed: Impact of Sports in School
    Jai Nanda (Founder and Executive Director, Urban Dove), Liz Wolfson (Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, The Girls Athletic Leadership Schools Inc.) & LaVal Brewer (Executive Director, Playworks Southern California) moderated by Dr. John Ratey (Author, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain/Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)
    10:50am - 11:10amInterview/Research Showcase: The Data: The Power of School-Based Sports
    Dr. Tiffany Berry (Research Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University & Associate Director, Claremont Evaluation Center) & Keith Ramirez (Site Coordinator, Beyond the Bell Youth Services) with Pablo Garcia (Director of Planning & Special Projects, United States Soccer Federation)
    11:10am - 11:25amBreak
    11:25am - 12:05pm Panel Discussion: Sports Biodiversity: Creating Opportunities and Access
    Vina Tinoco (Executive Director & Founder, Next Up), Maricela Rosales (Outdoor Community Advocate, Latino Outdoors) & Dave Prodan (SVP of Global Brand Identity, World Surf League) moderated by Neftalie Williams (First Lecturer of Skateboarding Business, Media and Culture in the United States)
    12:10pm - 12:35pmConversation: Mentorship, Sports Culture + Youth Empowerment
    Sal Masekela (Commentator, journalist, musician, and producer) & Steve Larosiliere (Founder and President, STOKED)
    12:40pm - 1:00pmInterview: From Skateboarding to Juice Bars: Shifting Culture in South LA
    Thomas James (Co-founder, Tropics) & Daniel Desure (Founder, Commonwealth Projects) with Sam Polk (Co-Founder & CEO, Everytable)
    1:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch
    1:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch Keynote/Interview: Right to Play: From LA to International Communities
    Allyson Felix (Most Decorated Athlete in Track & Field History) with Cari Champion (Anchor, SportsCenter)
    2:15pm – 3:00pm Break Out Sessions
    Panel Discussion: Game Changers: Getting Women Coaches in the Game
    Dr. Julie Shaw (Director of Education, Women’s Sports Foundation), Catherine Dávila (President, L.A. Villa F.C.), Megan Kahn (Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches), Rusty Smith (Three-time Olympian, Two-time Olympic Medalist) with Jennifer Ferro (President, KCRW)
    Panel Discussion: Professional Sports: Beyond Photo Opp Philanthropy
    Diane Terrell (Executive Director, The Grizzlies Foundation), Kimberley Layton (Vice President – External Affairs, Los Angeles Chargers), Joanne Pasternack (Vice President, Community Relations & Executive Director, Warriors Community Foundation - Golden State Warriors) & Jon Joaquin (Director of Youth Baseball Development, Philadelphia Phillies) moderated by Martha Saucedo (Executive Vice President, External Affairs, AEG)
    Panel Discussion: Bridging the Divide: Corporate Brands Impacting Youth Sports and Play
    Kathleen Tullie, (Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Reebok International), Ryan Eckel (Vice President – Brand, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Co-Executive Director, Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation), Caitlin Morris (GM, Global Community Impact, Nike), Heather Lazarus (Executive Director, Mattel Children’s Foundation; Director, Corporate Affairs and Philanthropy Mattel Inc.), moderated by Eric Reed (Vice President - Entertainment & Tech Policy, Verizon)
    3:10pm - 3:20pmPower Talk: Sport for Good: Using Sport as a Tool for Social Change
    Benita Fitzgerald Mosley (CEO, Laureus Sport for Good USA)
    3:25pm - 3:55pmPanel Discussion: The Transformative Power of Sports: Building Communities
    Lawrence Cann (Founder and CEO, Street Soccer USA), Sarah Cooper (Executive Director, Yalla San Diego), Brendan Tuohey (Co-founder and Executive Director, PeacePlayers International) moderated by Kenneth Shropshire (CEO, Global Sport Institute)
    4:00pm - 4:10pmPower Talk: Changing Perception through the Power of Sport
    Mallory Weggemann (Paralympic swimmer, Team USA)
    4:15pm - 4:45pmPanel Discussion: Voices from the Field
    Jake Olson (Long Snapper from the University of Southern California), Sarah Robinson (Brotherhood Crusade Youth Member) & Sophey Carbajal (High School Senior, LB Poly), SaraJoy Salib (LA84 SAMbassador, Water Polo & Diving Athlete at Occidental College), Kendall Stier (Amabassador, Angel City Sports), moderated by Baron Davis (Two-time NBA All-Star; CEO - Baron Davis Enterprises)
    4:50pm - 5:20pmKeynote/Interview: Inspiring and Delivering the Next Generation of Youth Sports
    Kerri Walsh Jennings (Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Beach Volleyball), moderated by Julie Foudy
    5:25pm - 5:30pmClosing Remarks
    Renata Simril and Julie Foudy
    5:30pm - 6:30pmReception

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