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Junior High Schools, Sports Groups Earmarked for Grants : Foundation Funds Olympic Sports Programs

March 26, 1987|KENNETH REICH | Times Staff Writer

The foundation disbursing Southern California's $90-million share of the 1984 Olympic surplus last week approved a $2.3-million program for development of Olympic sports at the junior high school level in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, as well as 18 grants totaling $514,291 to outside youth sports groups.

The grants include $75,000 to the King Football Conference, serving Los Angeles, Culver City, Baldwin Hills, Bell, Commerce, Compton and Downey for equipment to be used by the conference's 75 teams of 8- to 14-year-olds.

The junior high program for 11- to 15-year-olds will begin this fall and culminate about the time of the 1988 Seoul Olympics with a series of Olympic-style festivals for participants. Programs will be offered in all 23 summer Olympic sports, with the possible exception of shooting.

Stanton Wheeler, president of the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, said arrangements are being made with Boys and Girls Clubs and local YMCAs to serve as sites for the program. Each site will offer two or three sports.

The foundation also approved spending $30,000 to stage six-hour coaching clinics in track and field in two high school leagues, in collaboration with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Southern Section.

Expansion Possible

Wheeler said that if the pilot program for track and field coaches in the Moore League in Long Beach and the Marine League in San Pedro works out, the foundation may undertake a $1-million coaching clinic program with the CIF throughout Southern California.

He noted that about half of the coaches on the high school level are so-called "walk-ons," volunteers who often have not had much coaching experience. The foundation's coaching clinics devote three hours to psychological aspects and goals of coaching and three hours to training techniques in specific sports.

The foundation board also discussed but deferred action on a 30-page long-range planning report calling for average annual spending of $8 million from 1987 to the year 2004, at which time the foundation's grants and programs would end.

The report, prepared by a committee chaired by U. S. Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, said, however, that the foundation should put aside enough money out of its investment income to permanently endow the Sports Resource Center being built at its headquarters in the West Adams district.

Appoved Grants Listed

Grants approved last Wednesday were:

$200,000 to the Boys Clubs of America, Pacific region, for the further development of team handball, youth volleyball and mini-soccer, plus the initiation of table tennis and a girls sports program at 60 facilities in Southern California. This renews a grant of similar size made last year.

$21,300 to the Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South-Central Los Angeles to employ a sports program director and to purchase equipment for basketball, volleyball, softball and track and field.

$80,000 to the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club in Lincoln Heights--$40,000 for immediate repairs to keep the club's swimming pool open, and $40,000, contingent on the club raising matching funds, to refurbish the pool.

$20,000 to the Ventura Olympic Canoe Club in Ventura and Newbury Park to build and equip 22 boats and to pay some youth participation fees.

$13,000 to the Carson Athletic Assn., another football league, to provide equipment allowing expansion from seven to nine teams.

$10,000 to the Rhino Youth Football League of Oxnard for equipment to expand from four to six teams.

$15,620 to the Southern California Amateur Hockey Assn. for equipment and coaching to organize ice hockey teams for minority and inner-city youngsters at rinks in Torrance and either Pasadena or West Covina.

$9,040 to the Anaheim Athletic Club to provide boxing and weightlifting equipment.

$38,031 to the Monarchs National Gymnastic Training Center in Agoura Hills for equipment and a new floor to allow the center to host a Class I girls meet in April.

Individual small grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to assist with uniforms, equipment, playing field improvements or participation fees went to: Downey Baseball Senior and Big League; Five Acres home in Altadena for emotionally disturbed youngsters; L.A. Blues women's soccer club, and Oceanview Pony Baseball in Oxnard.

Also, Southeast Youth Soccer Assn. in Huntington Park; Verdugo Hills Pony/Colt Baseball; Westlake-Agoura Girls Softball Assn., and Whittier Pony Baseball League.

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