SPOTLIGHT: The LA84 Foundation Summit Is April 17th and Centered On The Theme: “Building A Movement: From The Olympics To Play Equity”

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The LA84 Foundation Play Equity Summit is the premier gathering nationally that brings together thought leaders, elite athletes, sports governing bodies, coaches, pro teams and youth development organizations that are working together to shape a brighter future where play is accessible and equitable for all kids.

The day-long conference – April 17, 2024 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles – will feature a range of presentations, panels and interviews with influential leaders.

The 2024 summit will center on the themeBuilding A Movement: From The Olympics To Play Equity.” The summit will honor the 40th Anniversary of the LA84 Foundation, and also celebrate the continued growth of the play equity movement.

The Master of Ceremonies will be “Entertainment Tonight” host Kevin Frazier, a seven-time Emmy Award-winner who will guide the conversation as an advocate for play equity. Speakers and sessions will be announced in the coming weeks, with conversations that will harness the power of sport and play to support the social, emotional and physical health of kids. To register:

The summit will engage with leaders from an intersection of sports, health, education, philanthropy, and social justice to improve the lives of youth by prioritizing sport and play as essential. As stakeholders and informed advocates, panelists at the summit will explore strategies to support the well-being of kids by removing the barriers to access that exist, particularly for kids of color in low-income communities.

Founded on the principles of fair play, education, and access to sport with a share of the 1984 Olympic Games surplus, the LA84 Foundation over the last four decades has supported over four million kids, funded 2,500 non-profit organizations, trained 200,000 coaches and has refurbished or built 400 fields of play, pools or courts in Southern California. LA84 also maintains the world’s leading Olympic and sports library collection as a resource.

The LA84 Foundation has commissioned research and taken on critical issues to elevate youth sports and play as integral to lifelong well-being. The summit – one of several events in 2024 recognizing LA84’s 40-year legacy of impact to help make kids life ready through sport – is a concentrated effort to bring the power of sport and play to more young people across the nation.

Through collaboration and thought leadership, a diversity of viewpoints will be shared on how to reimagine, expand and fund sport and play opportunities to serve more kids, families and communities. There will also be a variety of activations, learning opportunities and interactive events surrounding the summit. A presenting sponsor of the LA84 Foundation Play Equity Summit is FOX Sports.

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