LA84 Foundation Awards $2.1 Million to 26 Sports Programs for Youth in Southern California

January 28, 2010

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The LA84 Foundation today announced $2,060,882 million in grants to support sports programs serving more than 50,000 youths in Southern California. The largest grant awarded, $561,980 is to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Beyond the Bell Branch. The funding will bring the LA84 Foundation/Beyond the Bell Middle School Sports Program to all 87 LAUSD middle schools. More than 15,000 students are expected to participate in seasonal sports leagues in basketball, soccer, softball and flag football.

Youngsters in LAUSD elementary schools will benefit from the grant to LA's BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) which received $300,000. The grant will enable LA's BEST to offer softball, basketball, flag football and soccer, serving 11,000 youngsters at 172 elementary schools.

"In these difficult times for both institutions and families it is important that youngsters continue to have the opportunity to participate in after-school sports," said Anita L. DeFrantz, LA84 Foundation president. "Free programs like those offered by Beyond the Bell and LA's BEST keep boys and girls engaged in sports in a safe school environment and place no financial burden on the families. We are pleased to support their efforts and encourage others to lend assistance in any way they can to these organizations and all others involved in youth sports."

Kids In Sports which supports and coordinates the activities at 14 sports clubs that provide sports programs for youth in underserved areas of LA County will receive $450,000. More than 300 parents, teachers, and community members volunteer at the sports clubs and serve as coaches and leaders. More than 5,000 girls and boys, ages 7-17, will be served through baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball and lacrosse.

Additional grants to organizations providing sports opportunities to youngsters in the Los Angeles area include $150,000 to the Southern California Tennis Association to provide tennis instruction and equipment to 8,500 youngsters at more than 100 sites throughout Southern California. The YMCA of Greater Long Beach received a grant for $100,000 to assist in the renovation of their gymnasium and for sports equipment. Friends of EXPO Center will use its $79,379 grant award to provide learn-to-swim lessons during the school day to more than 4,000 youth from elementary, middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum area.

A grant of $75,023 will assist After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles to enhance its sports program at three charter schools in Central Los Angeles, two in Bell Gardens and one in El Monte. The Junior Posse Youth Equestrian Program in Compton received $70,000 for equipment and uniforms. The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito will use its $50,000 grant to increase from 8 to 13 the number of middle schools in North San Diego County at which it provides after-school sports programs.

Organizations receiving assistance to enhance existing youth sports programs include the P.F. Bresee Foundation ($35,000), Boys and Girls Clubs of San Fernando Valley ($23,000), Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. ($21,000) and the YMCA of Anaheim ($20,000).

Under the Foundation's Small Grants Program, 11 organizations will receive $10,000 each to assist them in their sports programming. These are Harbor City- Harbor Gateway Boys & Girls Club, Inner City Education Foundation ( Los Angeles), Jubilee Consortium (Los Angeles), Metropolitan Pony Baseball (Los Angeles), Redlands Baseball Softball for Youth, Santa Clarita Valley Boys and Girls Club, Toberman Neighborhood Center, Inc. (Los Angeles), US Golf Little League (Long Beach), West Angeles Community Development Corporation, Wilshire Softball Association (Los Angeles), Youth N Motion Academy Incorporated (Los Angeles). Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley received $8,000 and the YMCA of Santa Monica-Westside, $7,500.

About LA84 Foundation: The LA84 Foundation is celebrating 25 years of service to the youth of Southern California. The foundation was established to manage Southern California's share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received $93 million at its inception. Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested $189 million in sports programs serving more than two million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world's premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For additional information, please visit


Patrick Escobar

LA84 Foundation