Sport brings people together and connects the world, but the magic of sport isn’t reserved for the world’s biggest stage. At city parks and high school fields, kids can come together to play and compete, learning valuable skills and lessons that stay for life.
With support from the International Olympic Committee, LA28 is making youth a priority by investing $160 million to ensure access to sport for kids across Los Angeles ahead of the 2028 Games.
“Sport has the power to transcend,” said LA28 Chief Athlete Officer Janet Evans. “There’s no question sport changed the trajectory of my life, but you don’t have to compete on an international stage to recognize the social, emotional and physical benefits sports gives us, teaching lessons in teamwork, competition and perseverance. One of the greatest legacies the Games can provide is sharing the power of sport across local communities.”
Creating a lasting local impact that inspires the next generation of athletes and fans, LA28 will make sport more accessible to kids across LA, focusing particularly on underserved communities.
In 2018 and 2019, LA28 began its investment with two SwimLA pilot programs in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.