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LA84 Foundation


Last Updated: 2015-09-24

At A Glance

LA84 Foundation

(formerly Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles)

2141 W. Adams Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA United States 90018-2040

Telephone: (323) 730-4600


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Sports

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $155,524,685

Total giving: $3,200,885






Established in 1982 in CA - The foundation is endowed with surplus funds from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. The foundation supports a wide array of youth sports programming. It awards grants to youth sports organizations within the eight southernmost counties of California. It also conducts its own youth sports and coaching education programs, a number of which have become models for similar programs nationwide. The LA84 Foundation operates the largest sports research library in North America. It is a state-of-the-art research facility and learning center dedicated to the advancement of sports knowledge and scholarship. The foundation also maintains a sizable collection of historic sport art and artifacts much of which was inherited from the former Helms Sports Halls of Fame

Purpose and Activities

Support for youth sports programs (youth ages 6-17), especially in areas where the risk of delinquency is high. Special attention to sectors of the population underserved by current sports programs: girls, minorities, and the disabled.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Connie Cycling

This program gives young people ages 9 to 14 a unique opportunity to experience track cycling in a world-class facility taught by an Olympian and world champion. Classes are offered year-round in three week sessions. The program emphasizes creating an environment and structure in which a beginning cyclist can move forward to higher levels. For more information, see the website.

LA84 Foundation Coaching Education

The foundation is committed to coaching education. Competent coaches ensure that youngsters will gain the greatest benefit from their sports experiences. Through a variety of coaching education programs, the publication of critically acclaimed coaching manuals, Web-based instruction and the acquisition of coaching materials in its sports library, the foundation has improved the coaching skills of literally thousands of coaches. The foundation offers a wide range of coaching workshops for parents, teachers and other adults interested in coaching young people. For more information, please contact Vice President of Education Services, Wayne Wilson at (323)730-4640, or e-mail:

LA84 Foundation High School Awards

The foundation continues a long and rich Los Angeles tradition of honoring athletes’ achievements on the field of play. This tradition, dating back to the 1930s, was started by W.R. (Bill) Schroeder and the Helms Athletic Foundation. The program provides all-star award certificates to boys and girls in the CIF Southern Section and Los Angeles City Section in baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer and volleyball. The respective coaches associations make the selections. In total, approximately 1,500 athletes are honored each school year .

Middle School Sports Program

The middle school years, ages 11-14, represent a void in youth sports programming in Southern California. While many after school programs offer sports to elementary school children and high schools have a wide range of interscholastic sports, few options are available to middle school students. This is the age at which youngsters are most likely to drop out of sports participation. To fill the void the foundation has launched a Middle School Sports initiative. The foundation, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District's Beyond the Bell Branch, is providing organized sports programs at 95 middle schools. The program includes basketball, soccer, flag football, and softball. The coaches in the program are trained through the LA84 Foundation's Coaching Education Program. The program has fostered a sense of connection between students and the school. For more information, please contact Patrick Escobar, V.P., Grants & Programs, at (323) 730-4630 or .

Run 4 Fun

This program introduces Los Angeles County middle school youngsters, ages 10-14, to distance running. The program operates from October to December. It utilizes existing physical education classes and after-school sessions to give students an introduction to running for fun, fitness, and competition. The culminating event is the RUN4FUN FESTIVAL. See foundation web site for additional information.

Summer Aquatics

This program provides basic instruction and competitive opportunities in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming.

Fields of Interest

  • Cycling
  • Volleyball
  • Youth development
  • Youth services
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Dropouts
  • Female children and youth

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $155,524,685 (market value)

Gifts received: $7,398

Expenditures: $6,975,774

Total giving: $3,200,885

Qualifying distributions: $6,434,829

Giving activities include:

$3,200,885 for 51 grants (high: $560,323; low: $250)

$1,067,783 for foundation-administered programs