LA84 Foundation

New Grant Awards to Reach Over 30,000 Youth Annually 

The LA84 Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to advance foundation priorities including increasing access to sports, play and movement across Southern California to support childhood well-being and lifelong success. 

LA84 Foundation Play Equity Summit to Feature Katelyn Ohashi and Russell & Nina Westbrook 

The LA84 Foundation Play Equity Summit will include as featured speakers award-winning gymnast, activist and UCLA alumna Katelyn Ohashi, as well as Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina – also former UCLA Bruins. The LA84 Foundation’s summit is Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, and is centered on the theme, “Elevate Play in a Post-Covid World.”

Meet LA84 Foundation’s President/CEO Renata Simril 

LAS: With your extensive professional background throughout the civic, business, professional sports and political arenas, what interested you in leading the LA84 Foundation?  Renata Simril: I received a call from a recruiter after I resigned from the LA Times. I was familiar with the organization and thought it would be a great job to have as the Foundation has greatly impacted sports and youth throughout southern California. LA84 continues to advance the Olympic ideals which promotes excellence and being your best self. I had the opportunity to work with former president, Anita DeFrantz and Vice President of Grants & Programs

Los Angeles Business Leader to Become Next Foundation President

Renata Simril, a civic and business leader in Los Angeles, has been named the next president and chief executive officer of the LA84 foundation. LA84 benefits from the surplus funds from the 1984 Summer Olympics that took place in Los Angeles, according to Simril. The mission of the foundation is to fund youth sports programs in Southern California. “I’ve transitioned through different careers: politics, real estate, sports, business, it’s all been under the arc of civic engagement,” said Simril. “I’m really passionate about the city of Los Angeles; I’m really passionate about helping those less fortunate and really the opportunity