NFL News: LA SUPER BOWL HOST COMMITTEE, NFL FOUNDATION, LA84F AND THE PLAY EQUITY FUND CONTRIBUTE $2M TO SUPPORT 56 LOCAL NONPROFITS

Super Bowl LVI Legacy Grant Program – Champions Live Here to Support 56 Unsung Hero
Organizations Helping Underserved Communities Across the Los Angeles Region

 Each year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city through the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, by giving an annual $1 million contribution from the NFL Foundation. This year, a $2 million grant – supported by funding from the NFL Foundation, the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee, the LA84 Foundation and the Play Equity Fund – will support the Champions Live Here initiative, which has shined a spotlight on the achievements of 56 local Champion organizations who often go unrecognized and provided grant awards to help these organizations continue the tremendous work they are doing in the community. The 56 Champion organizations focus their work in the areas including youth development, jobs & economic opportunity and social justice.

Over the past year, the NFL Foundation’s Super Bowl Legacy Grant contribution has used the spotlight of the Super Bowl to showcase the achievements of these Champion organizations that often go unrecognized. The Legacy Program has awarded each of the selected Champion organizations with a $10,000 grant, a professionally-produced vignette-style video spotlighting their organization, and ongoing public recognition of their work in the leadup to Super Bowl LVI. Additionally, six of these 56 organizations were selected in December to each receive a total grant award of $50,000, to make an even bigger impact in their community. You can see the full list of the 56 Champions here.

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, Los Angeles Rams Owner STAN KROENKE, Los Angeles Chargers Owner DEAN SPANOS, Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman and Chairman & CEO – Wasserman, CASEY WASSERMAN, Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee CEO KATHRYN SCHLOESSMAN, LA84 Foundation President & CEO RENATA SIMRIL, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation Director, NORMA GARCÍA-GONZÁLEZ were all present for the press conference Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School, part of the Lennox School District in Inglewood to celebrate the 56 Champion Organizations and also unveil the Mobile Play Program: Park On The Move.

The Park On The Move program is a partnership between the NFL, the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee, the LA84 Foundation, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation, the Play Equity Fund and Playworks. Functioning as a park on wheels, the Mobile Play Program will serve communities with limited park and recreation space, to meet youth in their neighborhoods and provide them an opportunity to play for years to come.

“We are honored to have worked alongside the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee and the Super Bowl LVI Grant Program partners to recognize and support the 56 unsung hero organizations and the transformative impact they have made on their communities,” said NFL Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of the NFL Foundation, ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “We’re proud that our grant partnership has helped to provide meaningful resources and support to the Los Angeles community during these challenging times and for years to come.”

“The Super LVI Legacy Program is another great example of the tangible benefits that major events bring to our region,” said Kathryn Schloessman, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. “Over the past year, we have been able to use the spotlight of Super Bowl LVI to showcase 56 unsung hero organizations and the tremendous work they are doing in our community.  We are proud to now launch the Mobile Play Program to carry on the Super Bowl LVI Legacy for years to come.”  

“The Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program will expand the work of a variety of partners who are committed to finding solutions to the challenges that exist for kids in under-resourced communities,” said Renata Simril, President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation. “These are challenges every city faces, but they aren’t insurmountable if we work together. The NFL has dedicated resources to support unsung heroes who are making the Los Angeles region better, and is shining a spotlight on their work to inspire others to join in. This partnership will bring play and sports to neighborhoods where kids don’t have the chance to play, to address the Play Equity gap and make these young lives better. That’s the real legacy of Super Bowl LVI.”  

About The NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation and its members, the 32 NFL clubs, support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.

About the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee
The Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee has been established to deliver a premier Super Bowl LVI experience and drive lasting social, cultural, and economic impact for the region. We serve as the liaison between the National Football League and Los Angeles to harness the opportunities surrounding the Super Bowl to elevate our community.  The Host Committee is led by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) and Host Committee Chairman Casey Wasserman and includes SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. For more information, visit LASuperBowlHC.com.

About the LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport and public education about the role of sports in positive youth development. For more than 35 years, the LA84 Foundation has supported thousands of youth sports organizations in Southern California through grantmaking, funding facilities and fields of play, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and serving as a national thought leader on issues in youth sports. The LA84 Foundation levels the playing field to ensure all youth have access and opportunity, regardless of income, gender or ability, while elevating youth sports as an integral pathway to lifelong well-being. For more information, visit: la84.org

About the Play Equity Fund
A 501(c)3 public charity, the Play Equity Fund was established by the LA84 Foundation in 2014 as its charitable partner and supports programs and actions to ensure all children have equal access to the transformative power of sport and structured play. The Play Equity Fund supports the sports-based youth development ecosystem for greater impact, raises awareness of inequities and develops partnerships to advocate for funding and sustainable solutions to ensure children in communities of color have access to pathways for lifelong well-being. The Play Equity Fund is the only nonprofit focused solely on Play Equity as a social justice issue. For more information, visit: playequityfund.org

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