Press Release October 17, 2006
Youth Sports Organizations in Southern California Continue to Benefit from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games
Los Angeles-The Board of Directors of the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles (AAF), the legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games, today approved grants to 13 organizations totaling $849,787. Since inception in 1984, the AAF has spent more than $160 million in its mission to serve youth through sport.
Among the organizations receiving the latest grants is Ginga Arts Inc. to introduce more youngsters to the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. ALMA Family Services will be able to expand its swimming program. Team Prime Time Inc., in partnership with the AAF will offer organized sports programs after school at four middle schools. Improvement to fields and gyms will be made by the Boys & Girls Club in East County San Diego, the Sheriff's Youth Foundation, Cerritos Community College Foundation and the Los Angeles Unified School District (at Banning High School).
"The grant assistance we are providing today will pay huge dividends immediately as the boys and girls in the respective sports programs will be able to participate in organized sports in a safe and supportive environment," said AAF Chairman Peter V. Ueberroth. "We encourage other funders, corporations and individuals to do their part to support these and other organizations."
· Sheriff's Youth Foundation--$219,708 - To support the boxing program and new construction of youth center facility at the Whittier Sheriff's Activity Center.
· Cerritos Community College Foundation--$50,000 - To renovate the track surface at Cerritos Community College.
· Ginga Arts, Inc.--$29,650 - For personnel, uniforms and equipment for Afro-Brazilian martial art program.
· ALMA Family Services--$29,174 - For swim instructors for adaptive swim program serving youngsters in East Los Angeles.
The following organizations were recommended to receive grants of up to $10,000 for sports equipment, uniforms and/or provide participation scholarships:
· Anaheim Amateur Figure Skating Association--$10,000
· Boys & Girls Clubs of America - Santa Clarita Valley--$10,000
· Central Coast Junior Golf, Inc. (Santa Barbara)--$10,000
· Elysian Valley United (Northeast Los Angeles)--$10,000
· Marathon Kids, Inc. (Los Angeles)--$10,000
· Southern California Track Starters Association, Inc.--$6,755
The AAF is endowed with Southern California's share of the surplus from the 1984 Olympic Games. The Foundation awards grants to youth sports organizations, initiates its own youth sports programs and manages the premier sports library in the world. AAF website: www.aafla.org.