In sports philanthropy, the LA84 Foundation is unique. The Foundation is the legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. There is no other organization like it that has been created from the Olympic Games, the largest multi-sport event in the world, held every four years. Through their grantmaking and programming, they have reached approximately 3 million youngsters, fostering the growth of youth sports by providing grants to more than 1,100 individual organizations. In addition, the Foundation’s coaching education programs have improved the skills of more than 70,000 youth sports coaches, and have gone on to become models for similar programs nationwide.
“As we near our thirtieth year of providing grants to youth sports organizations across Southern California, it’s truly an honor to be selected as a winner for the Steve Patterson Award,” said LA84 Foundation President Anita L. DeFrantz. “The programs that we support play a vital role in keeping our youth active and healthy, which is key to building strong and safe communities.”