NBPA Foundation Awards LA84 Foundation $150,000 Grant to Refurbish Local Basketball Courts

LOS ANGELES (February 15, 2017) – Today, the National Basketball Players Association Foundation joins the LA84 Foundation in taking new steps towards closing the equity gap in youth sports participation. Both organizations are pleased to announce the NBPA Foundation's pledge of $150,000 to be used to build or refurbish basketball courts for Southern California school-based and community youth sports organizations.  The LA84 Foundation’s goal, #PlayForAll, aims to provide every child with the opportunity to become life ready through sports, regardless of zip code, gender, or socioeconomic status.  This grant is a step towards accomplishing that goal.

Chris Paul, of the Houston Rockets and chair of the NBPA Foundation Board said, “I have always been interested in providing kids with resources to help them achieve their goals through sports and after-school enrichment programs.  The NBPA Foundation grant will support the LA84 Foundation and the work they continue to do to enhance positive youth development."  

Sherrie Deans, executive director of the NBPA Foundation added, “Our contribution to LA84’s Basketball Court Refurbishment Fund reflects the commitment of our players to the city’s youth sports and development programs both today and in the years ahead.  We are very proud to be partnering with the LA84 Foundation in this important work.”

The specific courts to be refurbished will be selected and announced during the coming months. The announcement of the grant comes on the eve of the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend. The epicenter of All-Star events is the Staples Center, located three miles from the LA84 Foundation’s headquarters. 

Renata Simril, president and CEO of the LA84 Foundation said, “The LA84 Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with the NBA Players Association Foundation. Working together, we can help leave a lasting legacy from All-Star weekend to underserved communities.”

The LA84 Foundation has been a game-changer in youth sports for over 30 years, investing over $230 million throughout Southern California’s communities. Locally and nationwide, much more work needs to be done, with 3.5 million kids, many of them from lower income communities, anticipated to lose access to school sports during this decade alone.

One player, one coach, one mentor, one partner at a time, the LA84 Foundation is playing forward its thirty plus year legacy. LA84 and its partners are coming together to support the next generation of Southern California leaders, athletes and Olympians to ensure access to sports isn’t determined by zip code.

About the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation:

Established in 1997, The National Basketball Players Association Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of its members and providing support and assistance to persons, communities and organizations throughout the world that seek to improve the lives of those in need.  Through grants that match players’ philanthropy and charitable giving, the Foundation highlights and accelerates the real and collaborative work that basketball players do worldwide to build their communities and create meaningful change. 

About the LA84 Foundation

The LA84 Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and public education about the role of sports in positive youth development. The foundation, with 30+ years of on-the-ground experience, has supported thousands of Southern California youth sports organizations through grant making, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting as a national thought leader on important youth sports issues. LA84 levels the playing field so that sport is accessible to all children, while elevating the field of youth sports as an integral part of American life. To learn more, visit www.la84.org and @LA84Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contacts:

For LA84:
Alyssa Hankins
Brener, Zwikel & Associates (BZA PR)
c. 732-614-0555

Elle Hagedorn
National Basketball Players Association
c. 215-317-3142

Carlos Williams