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Play Equity is a mission to ensure all children have fair access to participate in structured play and team sports. By providing kids the opportunities they need, only then can we achieve the equality we seek.

Board of Directors Frank M. Sanchez – Chairman of the Board Yvonne B. Burke John F. Chavez Debra Kay Duncan Phyllis Easton Janet Evans Jonathan Glaser Robert V. Graziano Mariann Harris Stan Kasten Maureen Kindel Patrick McClenahan Bill O’Brien Renata Simril Peter V. Ueberroth Walter F. Ulloa Gilbert R. Vasquez John Ziffren

Letter from the Chairman Dear Supporters of the LA84 Foundation, During the more than three decades since our organization’s creation following the 1984 Olympic Games, the LA84 Foundation has undertaken important work. For example, we have invested over $230 million throughout Southern California communities, we’ve initiated our own programs, and we’ve created one of the premiere sports libraries in the world. It is my privilege and honor to serve as the chair of the LA84 Foundation Board of Directors. In that role, I know that change is rarely easy, but often necessary. That’s why, in 2016, the Foundation launched a plan to build upon the successes of the past and jumpstart the thought leadership and action campaign that we call, the Play For All Movement. Implementing these new efforts has required a combination of building brand awareness and carefully selecting a professional LA84 Foundation staff to meet the growth challenges for this year and beyond. Efforts fully supported by our Board of Directors. On behalf of the Board, I thank our LA84 Foundation staff, vendors and volunteers for their dedicated efforts. Working together, and working effectively, is the only way we can close the Play Equity gap. Sincerely, Frank M. Sanchez, Chairman

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Letter from the President

WHEN PEOPLE ARE INSPIRED TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD, THEN GOOD THINGS HAPPEN. That’s why the LA84 Foundation; our professional sports team partners; our Corporate and Foundation partners; schoolbased, community, and municipal grantees; and our athlete ambassadors are doing everything we can to close the Play Equity gap and advance the #PlayForAll Movement. We believe that youth sports and structured play can transform the lives of young people by contributing to their physical, emotional, social and academic development. There is a half a century of research supporting the positive relationship between physical activity and positive youth development. But not all youth have equal access to sports and fitness opportunities or well-trained coaches and mentors. Hiding in plain sight, there is a national crisis in play. And years of disastrous funding and policy decisions are leaving our most vulnerable kids behind. Play Equity means that the dreams of our youth must not be determined by their zip codes. Play is a basic human right and all youth deserve equal access. This is the work we lead at the LA84 Foundation, ensuring play for all regardless of where you live, how much your parents make, what you look like or your ability. We are proud that for over 33 years we’ve used sports to build a bridge to a brighter future for those who need it most. We are proud and humble to have so many join with us over the last two years in our movement to bring to light the inequities that prevent a lot of our kids from play. This biennial magazine is our opportunity to share with you our work, the work of our partners and our collective impact, as well as ways in which you can get involved. We are proud of the progress we’ve made together but there is still much work to be done.

Please join us in our #PlayForAll Movement Renata Simril President & CEO, LA84 Foundation @RenataAngeleno

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

RESEARCH AND DATA

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A CRISIS IN PLAIN SIGHT ALL YOUTH SPORTS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

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THERE IS A YOUTH SPORTS CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THE GAP BETWEEN THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS IS GROWING AT A FRIGHTENING RATE.

All youth sports are not created equal. A rapidly growing number of American parents are spending thousands annually on travel teams and private club sports. Entire towns are catering to youth sports tourism, building fields and courts to attract tournaments and the spending that ensues from these sporting families. The amount of time and funds that go into youth sports is impressive, but it also results in the crisis we now face. While talent is universal, opportunity is not. There is a youth sports crisis in this country, and the gap between the Haves and the Have Nots is growing at a frightening rate. In American households earning $100,000 or more, 41 percent of children have participated in team sports according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association; while in households earning $25,000 or less, the participation rate is less than half — 19 percent.

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Sports and physical activity have and will continue to transform the lives of our youth. But as many urban schools reduce physical education classes to one to two hours a week and defund sporting programs, limited park space, safe passage, transportation and a lack of youth sports opportunities plague communities that need them the most. African Americans and Latinos in Los Angeles County are about twice as likely to reside in areas with subpar park space per capita. These park-needy areas, which also see higher rates of economic hardship, see an increased rate of childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease. And this disturbing trend is not limited to Southern California. To better understand the needs of the communities we serve, the Foundation conducted a review of the Los Angeles County youth sports landscape. Some of our key findings conclude that youth (ages 6-8) are almost 30% less likely to play a sport and kids from households under $50,000 are five times more likely to be inactive than kids from $100,000 households.

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A CRISIS IN PLAIN SIGHT FIVE CRISIS FACTS

WHY PLAY EQUITY IS A SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUE 15 MILLION KIDS IN AMERICA are living in poverty1

80% OF YOUNG PEOPLE

don’t meet the federal guidelines for daily physical activity2

42% OF KIDS IN LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT are obese or overweight3

65% OF LA COUNTY YOUTH

(ages 6 through 17) would like to play a sport in the next 12 months4

2X THE RATE OF BOYS

girls drop out of sports by age 14 nationwide5

Without access to sports, kids miss out on critical, social, emotional, physical and academic benefits. To view sourced statistics, visit LA84.org/Magazine LA84 FOUNDATION BIENNIAL MAGAZINE

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP #PLAYFORALL CAMPAIGN

#PLAYFORALL The #PlayForAll Awareness Campaign provides the LA84 Foundation and our partners with an opportunity to showcase the national crisis at hand and allow the partners to help show our collective commitment to closing the Play Equity gap.

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By teaming up together, we were able to highlight the inequities in youth sports through pro bono billboards, newspaper placements, television appearances, social media and live events.

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LA84 Foundation partners OUTFRONT Media and Playworks donated billboards across the city

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LA84 ATHLETE AMBASSADORS HELPED TO AMPLIFY OUR MESSAGE

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Our partnership with the LA Times provided ad placements in the weeks leading up to the LA84 Foundation Summit

@BaronDavis Can’t wait for the @LA84Foundation Summit to talk w/student-athletes about creating a sustainable youth sports legacy in LA. #PlayForAll

@Taiskates It’s about not just giving the kid a chance to kick a soccer ball, shoot a basketball, or play tennis, but teaching them about life and community and the importance of character and the gift that is sports #PlayForAll

@JulieFoudy I love my Olympic family @JohnNaber @candaceable #JohnMoffet #KatherineStarr & #CliffMeidl The SoCal Olympians & Paralympians board were hard at work last night @LA84Foundation organizing lots of exciting events for 2018! #PlayForAll

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP #PLAYFORALL CAMPAIGN

CAMPAIGN TOP LEFT

Renata Simril talks gender equity on ABC7 Eyewitness News

BOTTOM LEFT LA84, and partners Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, produced and aired the “#PlayForAll” PSA

LIVE EVENTS

TELEVISION

LEFT LA84, Jordan Clarkson and Cobi Jones starred on the NBC show Give in support of grantees HOLA, and Youth Speak Collective

ABOVE LA84 hosts National Girls & Women in Sports Day panel

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ABOVE Dodgers Olympic Night, spreading the #PlayForAll Movement

ABOVE An LA84 SAMbassador tells her story to the crowd

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP THE LA84 FOUNDATION SUMMIT

Pictured from top left: Jake Olson, Mallory Weggemann, Keith Johnson, Sam the Eagle, Caylin Moore, Olympians, Sal Masekela & Steve Larosiliere, Sherrie Deans, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Janet Evans & Lolita Lopez and Kerri Walsh Jennings

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP THE LA84 FOUNDATION SUMMIT

The LA84 Foundation Summit To close the Play Equity gap, we have to do it together. That’s why the Foundation’s annual Summit brings together 400 civic leaders, sports executives, non-profit leaders, youth development experts, Olympians and Paralympians for a full-day experience of thought-provoking and forward-thinking content. Speakers share insights on the state of youth sports. Topics on sports biodiversity, special needs inclusion, and technological innovation provide examples of best practices in the field. We go beyond talk – we are about action. The LA84 Foundation created this signature event to bring together the youth sports community to continue innovating and collaborating on ways we can all drive social change through sports, structured play and how we can work together and support each other to close the Play Equity gap. Hear from some of our speakers below!

“I attend conferences all over the world and this is the best, most organized and informative event of its kind that I’ve been to.” Brendan Tuohey | Co-founder and Executive Director PeacePlayers International an organization that uses basketball to address conflict between communities across the globe. “It’s just so important to invest in youth and their development in sport and I think that this Foundation and conference is doing an amazing job at that.” Allyson Felix | Most Decorated Athlete in Track & Field History with 6 Gold Medals in the Olympics and 11 World Championships.

“The work that LA84 does and the importance of it is that they actually get right to the cause. It’s important to support the people who are there moving mountains.” Baron Davis | Two-time NBA All-Star; and CEO of Baron Davis Enterprises

“Kids don’t need to be given a bunch of things, they just need opportunity. If you give them opportunity and a place to feel safe, to fall down and get back up, and learn the power of failing and not being successful immediately, that’s how you build great humans.” Sal Masekela | Founder of Stoked Mentoring an organization dedicated to mentoring at risk youth through action sports.

“The work that the LA84 Foundation is doing is critical because it’s bridging some of the gaps of the Haves and Have Nots.” Julie Foudy | Two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion

“We’re making the vision of #PlayForAll a reality here in Los Angeles. Investing in our young people by making sports affordable and accessible, is all of our mission.” Eric Garcetti | Los Angeles Mayor

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO CLOSE THE PLAY EQUITY GAP

ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO CLOSE

THE PLAY EQUITY GAP

The LA84 Foundation believes in the transformative power of sports. As a legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games, LA84 makes grants to organizations that focus on youth development through sport. The Olympic and Paralympic values are fundamental to the work of the Foundations and organizations LA84 Foundation supports: Friendship; Respect; Excellence; Determination; Courage; Equality.

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ACEing Autism ACEing Autism’s mission is to connect children with autism through unique tennis programs, and to develop and advance proven methods to positively impact the children, families and communities they serve.

Sloane Stephens Foundation The Sloane Stephens Foundation began in 2013 with a primary goal of enhancing the quality of life for youth, through exposure to tennis as a basis for life-long learning, and healthy lifestyle choices. Through nationally recognized after school curricula, college preparatory programs and exciting Net Generation tennis, the Sloane Stephens Foundation offers underserved students the additional tools necessary to achieve in and out of the classroom.

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LA’s BEST The mission of LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) After School Enrichment Program is to provide a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for children ages 5 to 12. The Sports Program is vital to LA’s BEST efforts to ensure that many Los Angeles children, who would otherwise lack opportunities to participate in team sports, may take part in these critical, childhood experiences and have the best chances at success in both school and in life.

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LAUSD/Beyond The Bell Branch The Beyond the Bell Branch (BTB) offers organized sports, free of charge, for any Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) student enrolled in a BTB after school program, which is available at all 94 LAUSD middle schools. Students may choose from at least four seasonal sports, conducted in eight-week session – basketball, flag football, soccer and volleyball — with many school sites offering up to five additional sports throughout the year.

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The LA84 Foundation believes in the transformative power of sports.

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“LA’s BEST sports gave me a fresh start to be someone better. It helped me socialize, trust and most importantly, gave me a unique experience for kids only.”

YMCA, Metro LA The “LA Y” is an anchor institution of Los Angeles, one of the oldest, largest and highest-impact nonprofits serving Angelenos. As one of the top five Y Associations in the world, the LA Y continues to advance youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all. The signature school-based sports program for K-8th graders is Physical Learning Activities for Youth (PLAY), which brings expert coaches onto school campuses to teach/lead competitive sports skills and positive competition as a practice for lifelong health and character building. Through ensuring that children and families living in underserved neighborhoods have access to high-quality facilities and programs, the LA Y embraces the concept of #PlayForAll.

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- Student, LA’s BEST

We got to do new things, meet new people, see new place that are cool. People like us don’t get to travel as much. People from my neighborhood usually don’t go because they could be scared of what’s going on in the outside world, but this program has opened up my eyes to believing that things are actually good in the world and to try new things, explore for yourself. Andew Tapia | LAUSD/Beyond The Bell Branch, when asked what was special about his volleyball experience

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Celeste, a 13-yearold member of A Place Called Home said, “The athletics program has changed my life because it made me realize I would love to be on a team. I want to find a sport where I can relax and feel free.” 14

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A Place Called Home A Place Called Home (APCH) provides a safe, nurturing environment with proven programs in arts, education and wellness for the young people in South Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives. Since its founding in 1993, APCH has grown to become a hub of safety and opportunity for the youth of South Los Angeles. As a partner in closing the Play Equity gap, APCH provides a year-round schedule of athletics and sports activities that lead youth into positive futures.

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YMCA of Greater Long Beach: Community Development Branch The Youth Institute Exploring Sports program is designed for middle and high school kids to be exposed to multiple types of recreational and competitive sports. These types of sports encourage physical fitness, as well as provide an introduction to sports that can be practiced in a variety of recreational, business and educational settings. These life-long sporting pursuits enable youth to develop healthy lifestyles and create social and family networks around these activities over their lifetime, in addition to promoting positive development in the present.

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Students Run LA SRLA’s mission and purpose is to challenge at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a life-changing experience: the training for and completion of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Through this life-changing experience, SRLA students discover their best selves and learn how to make plans for the future.

Running and the challenge behind it, fills my body with life. The feeling of knowing I can get whatever I set in mind lets me know that besides being a minority, a woman and living in South Central, if I want something for my future, I can get it.” Kimberly Melendez SRLA Senior at Gertz Merkin Complex

BY T H E N U M B E RS 30+ Y EAR S AND COUNTING

3.9 million youth impacted

3,300

nonprofits funded

193,000

500,000 from 2016 - 2018

200 from 2016 - 2018

103,000 from 2016 - 2018

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS LA84 FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

LA84 FOUNDATION PROGRAMS COACHING EDUCATION

Young people cannot reap all the benefits of youth sports if they drop out early. So, we need coaches who know how to make sports a meaningful and positive experience that keeps kids in the game. The LA84 Foundation and its coaching education partners offer online resources and a wide range of in-person clinics for coaches ranging from firsttime volunteer parents to experienced high school coaches. All LA84 courses are available at no charge or a significantly reduced registration cost. The Foundation offers coaches clinics in cross country, track and field, soccer, volleyball. More than 90,000 coaches have attended the Foundation’s coaching clinics.

COACHES

SPOTLIGHT

Here are a few LA84 coaches helping to close the Play Equity gap.

CARI CHAMPION Anchor, SportsCenter

“The fact that LA84 invests back into the community, trying to help coaches make the kids better is amazing to me. Just a slight correction, a little more tutelage, a little more investment can change someone’s trajectory, can change their life, can change their family’s lives.”

POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE https://www.positivecoach.org

The LA84 Foundation has provided PCA funding to conduct coaching education workshops for LA84 grantees, as well as coaches in the Run4Fun and Summer Splash programs. The workshops are for every sport that LA84 supports. PCA-Los Angeles manages the day-to-day logistics of delivering the workshops and works closely with LA84 to align philosophies and best practices in youth sports coaching.

Estelle Naito Track and Field

In addition to coaching at CSU Fullerton, she has helped coach athletes in Japan, including a two-time Japanese national champion. She also is part of the National Pole Vault Summit staff and the World Record Camp/International Pole Vault Camp staff.

Monique Henderson Track and Field

She is the head coach of Golden West College’s Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams at Golden West College. She is a three-time Olympian — 2000, 2004, 2008 — winning gold medals in 2004 and 2008 as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team.

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Ignacio Hernandez

Goalkeeping coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

A native of Mexico, he played professionally for 15 seasons, and has been the goalkeeping coach for national team squads in Costa Rica and El Salvador.

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS LA84 FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

SUMMER SPLASH 1,700 annual participants in 4 culminating festivals. 15,000 participants annually in the summer program.

The LA84 Foundation Summer Splash Program provides basic instruction and competitive opportunities in four aquatic sports: swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming. More than 15,000 youngsters, ages 7 to 17, benefit from the Summer Splash Program each year. The program culminates each summer with competitive festivals in all four sports.

YOUTH IDEA EXCHANGE 250+ youth participants and in partnership with 10 Foundations and other organizations.

The Youth Idea Exchange is the convening of young Angelenos from neighborhoods throughout the county, in partnership with local Foundations and nonprofit organizations. The convening offers an opportunity for youth to share their ideas on how to harness the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote healthy living and active lifestyles in their communities, both in the years leading up to and after the Games.

RUN4FUN 1,000+ annual participants in the culminating Run4Fun event. 5,000 participants annually in the program.

The LA84 Foundation Run4Fun Program introduces Los Angeles County middle school youth to distance running. At this critical middle school age, when physical and emotional change is ever-present and the dropout rate increases, the Run4Fun program allows youth to experience the transformational power of sport, teamwork and discipline in a structured way.

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RESEARCH AND DATA INCUBATE SCALE AND LEAD

Research and Data The LA84 Foundation Youth Sports Survey

Incubate. Scale. Lead. LA84 serves as a connector to the community. The Foundation sees and acknowledges the problem as being too big for any one organization to solve alone. To help LA84 partners close the Play Equity gap, they must understand the entire landscape. Through studies, convenings, fellowships and more, LA84 has assembled unique data that helps measure the crisis at hand and the impact in driving social change.

Youth (Ages 6-17) Sports Participation Rate LA County & National (of those playing)

LA County Youth Non-Participation Rates by Gender, Age Total Male Female 6-8 9 - 11 12 - 14 15 - 17

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27% 26% 23%

25%

19%

11%

14%

27% 28%

15% 15%

Youth Sports Participation Average Days Played Per Year (among those participating)

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19% 15%

13%

10%

14%

5%

11% 8% 10% 10% 5% 5%

0% Swimming Basketball National Averages

Baseball

Tennis

Volleyball Track & Field (court)

Skateboarding Football (tackle) Cycling Basketball Running Soccer (outdoor) Softball (slow-pitch) Football (flag) Baseball Swimming Softball (fast-pitch) Wrestling Track & Field Tennis Volleyball (court) Volleyball (sand/beach) Soccer (indoor) Surfing Water Polo Snowboarding Rugby

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55 54 52 49 47 44 44 42

60 59

Youth Sports Survey

LA County Averages For more on LA84 Youth Sports Survey data, visit our digital library at http://digital.la84.org

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The infographics above are from the first-of-its kind LA84 Foundation Youth Sports Survey (Los Angeles County, 2016). The results revealed what sports kids play, how often they play and who is not playing. “We commissioned this survey to identify areas of needs where we make our largest grants,” says Renata Simril, President and CEO. “Now that we have these baseline results, we have a roadmap that will assist the LA84 Foundation and our many constituencies to set priorities for the year ahead; and as we work to ensure our limited resources have the greatest impact.”

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LAUSD/Beyond the Bell Branch

An Effective Middle School Sports Program LAUSD BTB and the LA84 Foundation are engaged in a three-year evaluation study to assess the quality of sports activity implementation and explore the associations between sports program participation and a large range of youth developmental outcomes. Measuring and evaluating is vital to understanding our impact. The growth of the program participation has exceeded our expectation. These positive indicators lead the Foundation to believe that the program has an impact beyond sports and is scalable to other school districts.

KEY FINDINGS

The program has had a 163% increase in female participants in regular core sport since 2008

The program is now at 94 middle schools

On average, youth participated in approximately 50 days of sports across the academic year

43% of the regular LA84 participants are involved in more than one sport

Women In Coaching Sport Collaborative Conveners: Alliance of Women Coaches, PCA, LA84

The LA84 Foundation hosted a Women in Coaching Convening in 2017, bringing together leaders across the sports, educational and business world. The two-pronged goal of the convening? First, to determine what is and is not working with respect to recruiting and retaining women coaches. Second, to brainstorm solutions, create action plans and take on these issues in collaboration to make a difference in the Southern California communities that LA84 serves.

Adaptive Sport Fellowship Research Fellow: Amy Luu, OTR/L Occupational Therapy Resident, USC Rossier School of Education

The LA84 Foundation, which historically has funded all categories of youngsters with disabilities, recently undertook an investigation of how to increase opportunities in adaptive sports for young people with exclusively physical disabilities. The Foundation found a myriad of barriers restrict youth participation in adaptive sports, including personal, social and environmental obstacles. However, young people involved in adaptive sports programs consistently report increased self-esteem and a greater sense of belonging to a social network of their peers.

Skateboarding Fellowship Research Fellow: Professor Neftalie Williams USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

In the LA84 Foundation Youth Sports Survey, skateboarding was extremely popular (See page 18). Our Skateboarding and Action Sports in Society, Business and Culture Fellowship explores and identifies opportunities for philanthropic investment in skateboarding and action sports, with the goals of supporting effective youth development programs and building the knowledge base of how “non-traditional� sports may be used in youth development efforts. Constructing more public skateparks, especially in urban communities, gives young people safe social spaces.

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RESEARCH AND DATA PAUL ZIFFREN SPORTS RESOURCE CENTER

The LA84 Foundation Library includes two outstanding research collections: the Youth Sports E-Library and the Sport History Library. Together they offer—at no cost—access to 65,000 PDFs, e-books, scholarly publications, magazines, moving and still images, primary and historic documents and an extensive Olympic collection. Visit www.la84.org/knowledge

The Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center Authors, journalists, scholars, students, curators, archivists and librarians rely on the LA84 Foundation as a center for sport knowledge. The resource center is widely known for the LA84 Foundation Library, which includes among the world’s largest Olympic memorabilia and artifact collections; hard copy and digital archives; and original exhibitions such as Los Angeles: The Olympic CIty and Snow Time: Olympic Winter Games Posters. Over the years, LA84 has become the community hub for organizations and LA84 partners looking to close the Play Equity gap. In 2017, the LA84 campus hosted over 90 board meetings, LA84 fellowships, seminars and other convenings that informed, educated, inspired and opened the doors to the community.

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Jersey, discus and bronzed shoes from 1932 gold medalist Lillian Copeland from Los Angeles: The Olympic City.

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What They’re Saying “... the digitized official reports on the LA Foundation website have formed the backbone of my courses on the Olympics and their venues over the past two years, thanks for that...” Judith Grant Long, PhD, AICP

Harvard University

“All of the official reports for Summer and Winter Games from 1896 onwards can be found in the LA84 Foundation digital library - a fantastic resource for the history of sport (and sport science).” Vanessa Heggie The Guardian of London

“What an amazing wealth of information! And what fabulous work you have done at the LA84 by digitizing all this material!” Jilly Traganou, PhD Parsons New School of Design

“THANK YOU for your INVALUABLE work!” Fabio Majocchi

Member, Association of Track & Field Statisticians

The digital collection is continually expanding. A collaboration with SABR will add 180,000 biographical cards about professional baseball players. Snow Time! Olympic Winter Games Posters is a sampling of Olympic Winter Games posters from the collection of the LA84 Foundation.

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Researchers download 6.6 million pages annually from the LA84 Foundation digital collection

For more information, visit our digital library at http://digital.la84.org

The digital collection includes more than 65,000 documents

The digital collection includes more than 60 Olympic oral histories and over 70,000 photo images

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THANK YOU LA84 FOUNDATION PARTNERS

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE LA84 PARTNERS DEDICATED TO

CLOSING THE PLAY EQUITY GAP Elevating the playing field is a team effort. The LA84 Foundation works with some of the brightest minds and the most forward-thinking organizations to close the Play Equity gap. The Foundation cannot drive social change without the dedicated work of our partners.

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

FOX Sports West

A home run partnership! Through the Dodger Dreamfields program, 49 new baseball fields have opened up across Southern California. Through the Dodgers RBI program, a baseball and softball youth development program that serves over 10,000 kids in Los Angeles county, the Dodgers Foundation uses sports participation as an engagement tool to increase access to education, literacy, health, wellness and recreational resources in underserved communities.

This LA84 Foundation media partner co-produced ten pro bono #PlayForAll videos, including a Play Equity PSA that aired 250+ times on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. FSW has brought a dynamic visual identity to the Play Equity gap and helped showcase the crisis and LA84’s role in solving it.

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation This longtime partner has been an integral part of Summer Splash program for almost 35 years. Facilities across Southern California participate in the aquatics program by hosting coaching clinics in swimming, water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming. The LA County Department of Parks & Rec provides a safe and inclusive environment for Summer Splash at public pools.

National Basketball Players Association Foundation SAMbassadors The LA84 Student Athletes in Motion (SAMbassadors) are a group of active, civically engaged young student athletes from across Southern California who serve as an advisory board for the Foundation, offering guidance about grants, programs and activities. The group also represents LA84 at events such as riding in a Rose Parade float, and meeting with Olympians and top executives of professional sports teams.

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The National Basketball Players Association Foundation provides strategic funding and support while also communicating the players’ endeavors to the world in order to accelerate and maximize the impact. As a part of the legacy of the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles, the NBPA Foundation and LA84 Foundation partnered on the Basketball Court Refurbishment Program, a project designed to provide safe and fun spaces for youth ages 6-17 to play basketball in the communities where they live, go to school and play.

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THANK YOU LA84 FOUNDATION PARTNERS

Play Equity is at the forefront of the Basketball Court Refurbishment Program.

We are excited to be working with the LA84 Foundation and local partners across the city to create amazing places to play for the children of Los Angeles.”

Photo Credit: Unsplash

- Sherrie Deans, Executive Director, NBPA Foundation

Other Great Organizations Committed to Closing the Play Equity Gap

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