Join Us Honoring Olympians & Paralympians Who Have Returned Home After Competing in Tokyo
The LA84 Foundation is honoring Olympic and Paralympic athletes from Southern California who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by holding a celebratory event on Oct. 11 at Riviera Country Club that will bring together civic leaders, athletes, colleagues and friends.
We invite you to join us for this unique event – “Taste of the World” – which will feature an exciting range of dining selections inspired by Olympic host countries across the globe and expertly prepared by Riviera Country Club Executive Chef Edwin Roe. The atmosphere in Riviera’s historic clubhouse will be animated by the cuisine and cultures of France, Mexico, Japan, Italy and our hometown of Los Angeles. There will also be rare sports memorabilia and artifacts on display from the LA84 Foundation collection.
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The efforts of the athletes will be celebrated, as will the legacy of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The event will also acknowledge the 36 years of service to youth from across the region by the LA84 Foundation as the legacy of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.
“During this reception, we will celebrate and honor Olympians and Paralympians from Southern California who recently competed in Tokyo, to recognize their sacrifice, spirit and character,” said Renata Simril, President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation.
“This event also provides a moment to reflect on the work of the organizations the LA84 Foundation supports and focus on the young people who need our increased support today. Accessible youth sports programs in Los Angeles have never been more essential in our communities.”
Several athletes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as well as athletes from previous Olympic and Paralympic Games, will join the Taste of the World event. Among other dignitaries and leaders, the Counsel General of Japan in Los Angeles Akira Muto will be in attendance, as well as Olympian and IOC Executive Committee Member Anita L. DeFrantz – a President Emeritus of the LA84 Foundation.
Included among the 2020 Olympian and Paralympians who have returned from Tokyo and are slated to be honored at the Taste of the World event are Tri Bourne (Beach Volleyball), Isaiah Evans (Track & Field), Ezra Frech (Paralympian, Track & Field), Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Paralympian, Swimming), Kaleigh Gilchrist (Water Polo), Lex Gillette (Paralympian, Track & Field), Tina Graudina (Latvia/Beach Volleyball), Jamal Hill (Paralympian, Swimming), Katie Holloway (Paralympian, Volleyball), Karch Kiraly (Indoor Volleyball Coach), Sakura Kokumai (Karate), Jordan Larson (Indoor Volleyball), Brandon Loschiavo (Diving), Sarah Pavan (Canada, Beach Volleyball), Justin Phongsavanh (Paralympian, Track & Field), Gustavo Rocha (Latvia/Beach Volleyball), Jesse Smith (Men’s Water Polo), Mallory Weggemann (Paralympian, Swimming), Jack Williams (Archery) and Alex Wolf (Men’s Water Polo).
In addition to celebrating these world-class athletes, the LA84 Foundation will recognize the organizations it has supported as well as the over 3.9 million youth it has served since its inception. The LA84 Foundation and its charitable partner, the Play Equity Fund, are committed to creating free access to meaningful sports and play programs to help prepare young people for what comes next in their lives.
The Riviera Country Club is a partner in the Golf For All initiative with the Play Equity Fund and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission as a legacy of the 2017 U.S. Amateur. This initiative is focused on providing greater access to golf for all kids and inspire a new generation of golfers in under resourced communities. One of a series of free clinics was recently held in Bell Gardens, with over 40 kids attending for golf lessons, games and refreshments.