More than three decades after the world watched in amazement as the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles soared to financial success, the millions of dollars raised then continue to fund numerous Southland youth sports programs.
The LA84 Foundation, the local grant-giving group formed after the 1984 Olympics to oversee the funds, Tuesday announced $771,785 in grants that will help provide facilities, staff and equipment for youth sports programs across Southern California.
The grants were awarded to 30 organizations to support programs that together reach 24,000 children, including youth with disabilities, according to the foundation, which is on course to award more than $4.5 million in 2015.
The largest grant of the latest batch was awarded to the Mt. San Antonio Community College District to support instructional clinics and school-based track meets at elementary and middle schools throughout the region, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. LA84’s award of $85,000 will reach about 6,000 youth across those counties.
Other projects supported by the latest round of grants include:
— a new sports court floor in the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley’s gymnasium;
— new rowing shells for the Lake Casitas Rowing Association;
— golf instruction and equipment for the Southern California Golf Association Foundation’s Youth on Course Junior Golf program;
— an equestrian program for special needs youth at Carousel Ranch in Santa Clarita; and
— marathon training programs at the Santa Clarita Track Club Inc.
“Thousands of children are still reaping the rewards of the 1984 Olympic Games hosted in Los Angeles more than three decades ago,” said Anita L. DeFrantz, president of the LA84 Foundation and executive member of the International Olympic Committee.
“We are grateful for the positive affect LA84 and our donors are able to have on the lives of youth by providing opportunities to develop life skills through sport, regardless of ability or status,” she said.
Originally endowed with $93 million of the surplus funds from the 1984 Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation over the past 30 years has invested more than $225 million back into communities across Southern California, according to DeFrantz.
—City News Service
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