Source: LA84 Foundation

LOS ANGELES - The LA84 Foundation recently announced $1,289,733 in grants to support 30 youth sports programs throughout Southern California. Since its inception, the Foundation has given back more than $199 million to the communities that supported the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

"In today's difficult economic environment, the assistance the LA84 Foundation provides to youth sports organizations is needed more than ever," said Anita L. DeFrantz, president of the LA84 Foundation. "These organizations are stepping up to the line to ensure that youngsters have the opportunity to participate in sports. They deserve our support and that of others."

Among the organizations receiving the latest grants is the Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) of the Los Angeles Unified School District ($525,000). BTB offers a free, year-round, seasonal sports program at all 95 middle schools in the District serving 20,000 boys and girls. Students Run LA ($125,000) received funding for its highly successful program that trains 3,000 middle/high school students to run the LA Marathon. The grant to A Better LA ($100,000) is to assist with uniforms/jerseys for the soccer and basketball programs at the 32 sites that are part of the Summer Night Lights Program (SNL). SNL is an LA city-wide initiative of the Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development now in its fourth year. Rose Bowl Aquatics Center ($50,704) will continue to offer a learn-to-swim program during the school day to more than 400 third graders in the Pasadena Unified School District. Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley ($50,000) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach ($40,000) will use funding to upgrade their respective gym floors. Anahuak Youth Soccer Association ($43,700) will use funding for its soccer program that is offered to more than 2,000 boys and girls in Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights and Highland Park.

Additional grants: Inglewood Police Activities League ($30,000); YALLA San Diego, Inc. ($30,000); J Tech Institute Inc. ($27,890, South Los Angeles); Youth Speak Collective ($27,140, Pacoima); Perris Valley Youth Association Sports ($25,000); Hollywood Police Activity League ($24,000); Watts Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club ($25,200); American Youth Soccer Organization (Region 1065) ($20,000, Montebello); Boys & Girls Club of Whittier Inc. ($13,599); Back Bay Youth Rugby Football Club ($10,000, Costa Mesa); Claremont Junior All American Football and Cheer ($10,000); Eastside Lions Youth Football and Cheer Association ($5,000, Antelope Valley); El Segundo Youth Football & Cheerleading, Inc. ($10,000); Encinitas Soccer League ($10,000); Glendale Junior All American Football Association, Inc. ($10,00); Lincoln Heights Youth Association ($10,000); Moreno Valley Junior All American Football and Cheer Association, Inc. ($10,000); Mouse In The House Foundation ($7,500, Ontario); Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program Inc. ($10,000, Northeast San Fernando Valley); Oak Grove Institute Foundation, Inc. ($10,000, Riverside); Team Prime Time, Inc. ($10,000, West Los Angeles); The Apple Valley Police Community Activity League ($10,000); United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County ($10,000).

About LA84 Foundation

The LA84 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 $199 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 provides grants to youth sports organizations, manages programs, including a coaching education program, and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For additional information, please visit www.LA84Foundation.org.