November 19, 2020

TGR Foundation recognizes LA84 Foundation contributions, partnership

Highlighting the contributions to the TGR Learning Lab’s Player Development Program, TGR Foundation recognizes the ongoing contributions and partnership of the LA84 Foundation since 2005.

Led by Renata Simril, President and CEO, the LA84 Foundation and its sister charity The Play Equity Fund has impacted more than three million youth and their families over the last 30 years and continues to create opportunities, build positive youth development and transform lives through sports. With increased focus on the challenges of COVID-19 and the pursuit of social justice, the LA84 Foundation and the Play Equity Fund expanded its goals in 2020.

Renata Simril, President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation and The Play Equity Fund

“There’s power in working collectively,” said Simril. “We continue to build new partnerships, increase awareness of important issues and provide a platform for those who often don’t have an ally.”

With support from partners like the LA84 Foundation, the TGR Learning Lab’s Player Development Program continued to engage its members virtually through after school courses, a Fitness at Home YouTube Series and more. Through the program students like Nathan Zet were introduced to education pathways and connected to innovative careers.

“The TGR Learning Lab draws youth from the surrounding community, and in particular from the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD), which serves a population that is 74% socioeconomically disadvantaged,” added Simril. “So, while these students may live close to quality golf courses, they are priced out of participating in the sport. We are committed to creating pathways to new and meaningful programs for positive development through sports.”

The Play Equity Fund addressed the limited access to organized sports during the pandemic by providing sports equipment directly to families to keep youth active. 

“With parks, sports programs and schools shuttered due to the pandemic, the Play Equity Fund distributed over 120,000 sports equipment items directly to kids and families at 60 distribution sites across Los Angeles to encourage healthy activities at home,” said Simril.

LA84 President and CEO, Renata Simril, distributes sports equipment to Los Angeles youth to keep them active at home during COVID-19 due to school closures and limited organized sports and recreation.

The LA84 Foundation and the Play Equity Fund are focused on bringing the transformational power of sport and structured play to all children, regardless of race, gender, where they live or their family’s socioeconomic status. The LA84 Foundation has supported more than 2,200 nonprofit partners in youth sports for positive development since its inception and reaches 30,000 kids annually through programs across Southern California.

As TGR Foundation provides access to programs that allow youth to discover, develop and pursue their passions, support from partners like the LA84 Foundation and The Play Equity Fund make it possible to fulfill its mission and vision of a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless.

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