Surplus from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games Continues to Benefit Youngsters of Southern California
The LA84 Foundation, the legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, announced today $1,519,091 in grants to support 26 youth sports organizations in Southern California benefitting more than 47,000 boys and girls. Since 1985, the Foundation has spent more than $206 million to carry out its mission to serve youth through sport and promote an understanding of the role of sport in society. This is more than twice the original endowment ($93 million) with which the Foundation was created with part of the surplus of the 1984 Olympic Games.
Kids In Sports ($456,210) will use its funding to continue to provide year-round sports opportunities to more than 5,400 girls and boys through 11 sports clubs. The sports clubs are located in underserved areas of LA County and are supported by hundreds of community adults who volunteer as coaches. More than 12,000 youngsters at 182 elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District will benefit from the grant to LA’s BEST ($300,000). The grant will enable youngsters served by LA’s BEST to participate in seasonal sports, including softball, basketball, flag football and soccer.
The Southern California Tennis Association will use its $150,000 grant award to provide tennis instruction and equipment to 8,500 youngsters at 130 summer sites and 35-year round sites throughout Southern California. Mt. San Antonio Community College District received $110,000 to continue the largest introductory youth track & field program in the nation. More than 8,000 youngsters will receive basic instruction in track & field events and have the opportunity to compete in the LA84 Foundation/Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days. The Boys & Girls Club of Pomona Valley received $75,000 for a new gym floor and other improvements to its gymnasium. Play Rugby-California Inc. is using its $75,000 grant award to bring flag rugby to 1,200 youngsters at 50 sites throughout Los Angeles.
The award of $50,000 to Special Olympics Southern California will be used for expenses associated with its School Partnership Program that offers youngsters with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in after school sports programs. The JCA Swim Team, Inc. ($29,781) will use the funding provided for swim suits, swim equipment and to provide scholarships. JCA serves youngsters in the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles. The grant award to the Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics ($28,000) will support its efforts to bring after-school sports opportunities to youngsters attending 35 charter middle schools in Los Angeles. Hollenbeck Police Business Council Inc. ($25,000) will use the funding for a new boxing ring and boxing instructors for its well-known boxing program serving youth in Boyle Heights. Catholic Charities, Inc. ($25,000) will use the funding to provide a middle-school soccer program in parishes of need in Los Angeles. The grant award to the Apple Valley Police Community Activity League ($25,000) is to support its boxing program benefiting youngsters in the High Desert area of San Bernardino County. Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara ($25,000) will use the funding to support its seasonal sports programs serving more than 200 girls. The grant to KidWorks Community Development Corporation ($25,000) is to support the sports programs it offers boys and girls living in the underserved Towsend/Myrtle neighborhood in Santa Ana. YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles ($23,400) will use the funding to support the Montebello-Commerce YMCA basketball, softball and soccer youth sports programs.
Under the Foundation’s small grants program, 11 organizations were awarded grants up to $10,000 each to assist them in their sports programming. These are Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad ($10,000); Boys & Girls of Club of Carson ($10,000); Hawks Track Club, Inc. ($7,000; East San Fernando Valley); Glendora American Little League ($5,500); Little League Baseball Inc. – Alhambra American ($7,200); Little League Baseball Inc.- Central Altadena ($10,000); El Centro Police Activities League ($10,000; Imperial County); Santa Clarita Valley Athletic Association ($10,000); Santa Monica Youth Football and Cheer Association ($10,000); United Track Club, Inc. ($7,000; Ventura County) and Wilshire Softball Association ($10,000).
“I believe participation in sports is a birthright. We are grateful for the work that these organizations do to provide sports opportunities to thousands of youngsters each day. Because of them and the volunteer coaches youngsters are having fun while learning life skills, said Anita L. DeFrantz LA84 Foundation President. “I encourage individuals, businesses and corporations to join our efforts and support organizations that are keeping youngsters in the field of play.”
F. Patrick Escobar