The Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee Thursday announced the winners of the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program to recognize 56 grassroots organizations and nonprofits making an impact in underserved communities.
The “Champions Live Here” program’s selected organizations include Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Alliance for Children’s Rights, Angel CitySports, Food Forward, Homeboy Industries, Kedren Health, L.A. Conservation Corps, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, Sisters of Watts, Urban Scholar Academy and more.
Each organization will receive a $10,000 grant and a professionally produced video spotlighting their organization. Six of the chosen organizations, which have not yet been announced, will receive an additional $40,000 for a total grant award of $50,000.
All 56 organizations will be recognized at a celebration in SoFi Stadium with Host Committee Chair Casey Wasserman, Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay and Quarterback Matthew Stafford.
“Hosting the Super Bowl extends beyond game day — it’s an opportunity to boost the people who make up the fabric of Los Angeles. Each of the 56 Champion organizations are making a transformative impact in communities across all 88 cities within Los Angeles County each and every day and we are proud to recognize their positive impact and achievements as part of the celebration leading up to Super Bowl LVI,” Wasserman said.
The “Champions Live Here” program sought inclusive, collaborative, resourceful, innovative and focused on impacting L.A. communities in the following areas:
— youth development: organizations that bring athletic, educational and leadership opportunities to youth, including through improving and upgrading fields, parks and facilities and promoting the physical, mental and emotional health of children and teens;
— jobs and economic opportunity: organizations that seek to expand job and economic opportunities for people through job training, internships, job placement, entrepreneurship and independent contracts or vendor relationships with the sports sector; and
— social justice: organizations that focus on promoting equity and making positive changes in education, juvenile justice, food insecurity, housing and homelessness, environmental justice and climate change, civil rights, health and wellness, and community safety.
Nearly half of the selected organizations focus on young people and youth development, and more than a quarter of the selected organizations focus on health, mental health and overall wellness.
“We are excited to be part of the Legacy Program leading up to the Super Bowl! Cannot wait to share the stories of resilience, empowerment, and success of our scholars,” said Erica Rosales, executive director of College Match, one of the selected organizations.
Tige Charity, executive director of Kids in the Spotlight, which was also chosen, said:
“What a very pleasant surprise. Thank you so much On behalf of our youth, team and board, thank you for this honor. This amazing news came on the perfect day. Today is Kids in the Spotlight’s 12th anniversary. This announcement is the best anniversary gift.”
The LA84 Foundation, which supports youth sport and public education about how sports can make a positive impact on youth development, partnered with the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee for the program. Renata Simril, the foundation’s president, who also serves as president of the Play Equity Fund, said:
“The Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program is our opportunity to say thank you as we shine a bright light on the spirit of hope, opportunity and access that these 56 organizations are bringing to the people and the communities they serve. We’re hopeful that the spotlight we are providing these unsung heroes will inspire every resident to find ways to get involved in making Los Angeles a world-class city for all of us.”
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