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Youth sports programs recieve grants

Carousel Ranch Santa Clarita among awardees

City News Service | 10/25/2013, midnight

The foundation that manages Southern California’s share of the surplus from the 1984 Summer Olympic Games announced this week it awarded nearly $500,000 this quarter to 22 nonprofit youth sports programs.

The grants will fund sports programs including soccer, track and field, swimming, golf, flag football, equestrianism, basketball, volleyball, cross country, boxing, baseball and gymnastics involving more than 18,000 children, according to Anita L. DeFrantz, president of the LA84 Foundation.

The grant recipients include five organizations serving students with special needs—Carousel Ranch in Santa Clarita, Hillsides in Pasadena, Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths in San Diego, TERI Inc. in Oceanside and Us Too Gymnastics in Lake Forest.

Several organizations received funds to assist with facility maintenance, a key need for many sports organizations that are forced to operate with aging facilities under constrained budgets.

“Providing grants to well-run programs is the heart and soul of what this organization does, and we’re proud to support their work in reaching our kids through sports,” said DeFrantz.