Easton Foundations Partners with LA84 Foundation and Others to Save High School Sports


LOS ANGELES – April 22, 2010— The LA84 Foundation and other key Los Angeles-area institutions have joined to provide $1.3 million to Save our Sports, an initiative to preserve high schools sports in the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is facing a severe budget crisis. “We developed the Save Our Sports program because we could not let the District’s budget crisis negatively affect the opportunity for more than 35,000 students across 72 high schools to participate in sports,” said LA84 Foundation President Anita L. DeFrantz. “We know that sports provide motivation for students to stay in school. Sports create an understanding of leadership, team work and commitment which are all values that create better citizens. Sports complement the education that student-athletes receive in the classroom and all of society benefits.”

Joining the LA84 Foundation in a strong show of solidarity to support LAUSD high school student-athletes are Nike, the Dodgers Dream Foundation, Chivas USA, the Weingart Foundation, Lincy Foundation, Pete and Ginny Ueberroth Charitable Trust, Easton Sports Development Foundation, an anonymous donor and other individuals. DeFrantz said, “We are extremely grateful to all those who heard our call to action and agreed to generously give to SOS. Together we have raised $1.3 million to pay for coaches’ stipends and thus ensure that all 14 sports offered in the District have a full complement of coaches in the 2010-2011 school year.”

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines praised the Foundation’s leadership saying, “This is a tremendous day. Without the leadership of Anita DeFrantz, the Board and staff of the LA84 Foundation, we would not be here today celebrating success in saving sports for our students.”

Barbara Fiege LAUSD Director of Interscholastic Sports added,”It is a fact that participation in high school sports, and the coaches who dedicate themselves daily, change the lives of students and build future community leaders. I know I speak for all of our coaches and student athletes in extending a heartfelt “thank you” to the LA84 Foundation and to all of the incredible contributors for giving us the opportunity to continue to provide 100% of this important educational program!” Those wishing to be involved in the SOS program can donate through the LA84 Foundation website at www.La84Foundation.org and hit the donate button. You may also contact Melissa Infusino, Director of Partnerships LAUSD at 213-241-7000.

About LA84 Foundation: The LA84 Foundation is celebrating 25 years of service to the youth of Southern California. The foundation was established to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received $93 million at its inception. Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested $189 million in sports programs serving more than two million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world’s premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For additional information, please visit www.LA84Foundation.org.

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