PlayLA, a project to provide “affordable and accessible sports programming for children of all abilities throughout Los Angeles“, threw.
The project is organized by the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games Organizing Committee (LAOGOC), Los Angeles City and LA Parks, funded by Los Angeles 2028 and the International Olympic Committee (CIO), with a $ 160 million LAOGOC’s investment in the development of children’s sport in the city before the arrival of the Olympic Games in 2028.
PlayLA will provide every child between the ages of 5 and 17 with the opportunity to participate in quality sports programs at low or no cost in their Los Angeles neighborhood.
Los Angeles will host the Olympic Games the third time in 2028, after playing the host city in 1932 and 1984.
Through the PlayLA program, young people will have the opportunity to access sports available in their local neighborhood recreation center and join the Olympic movement.
Youth sports clinics range from to swim To baseball and soccer, and youth-friendly sports clinics will include swimming, skateboarding, and more.
We seized an unprecedented opportunity during our Games bid to bring historic community investment to Los Angeles, and the best part is, we don’t have to wait until 2028 to see the benefits.
Adapted sports programs, a first for the city
PlayLA will offer adapted sports programs for children with physical disabilities, a first in the city’s youth sports programming.
For the inaugural season, PlayLA and the LA28 Organizing Committee are exploring a variety of sports, including sitting volleyballme, adapted swimming, goal ball, para equestrian, para surf, wheelchair basketball, adapted athletics, wheelchair tennis and paracanoe.
Olympians Karsta lowe and Octavio Alesi and Paralympians Jamal Hill and Ezra French attended the first event of PlayLA.
They played basketball, Field hockey, football, adapted skateboard, adapted tennis, goal ball and other sports with Los Angeles kids.
âWe seized an unprecedented opportunity during our Games bid to bring historic community investment to Los Angeles, and the best part is we don’t have to wait until 2028 to see the benefits,â the mayor of Los Angeles said. Angeles Eric Garcetti at the press conference. launch of the event.
âWe currently provide affordable access to youth sports programming in our city – and we know how transformative this opportunity can be, especially for low-income families.
âI am grateful to LA28, the IOC and all the partners who have helped make this incredible program possible, and I can’t wait to get out and see our young athletes in action,â said Garcetti.
“Lessons for Life”
Los Angeles 2028 Athlete Director and five-time Olympic swimming medalist Janet Evans added: “Accessing the sport at a young age has made me who I am.”
It doesn’t matter whether you are competing for a gold medal or playing with your best friends – the sport teaches us lessons that we carry with us for life.
âSport is so important to our individual and collective physical and mental health. It doesn’t matter whether you are competing for a gold medal or playing with your best friends – sport teaches us lessons that we carry with us to life.
And it should be available to everyone, âEvans said.
“It’s amazing to see the sports engagement of LA28 youth come to life across Los Angeles with the launch of this inspiring PlayLA sports programming for children of all skill levels,” said IOC LA28 Coordination Commission Chairperson. , Nicole Hoevertsz, born in Aruba, who participated in artistic swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
âWhen Los Angeles won the bid to host the Games, the IOC worked closely with LA28 to plan a $ 160 million investment in local youth sports for the 2028 Games. This program will give back to children the opportunity to reap the tremendous benefits that adaptive sports have to offer, and congratulations to everyone involved in delivering PlayLA. “
You can find more information about the PlayLA program here and see photos on the project’s Instagram page.