Chivas USA and LA84 Foundation Team Up

The organizations are dedicated to saving high school soccer in LAUSD

Chivas USA of Major League Soccer has teamed up
with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the LA84 Foundation to help
preserve high school soccer at 68 local schools. The major donation made by
Chivas USA will provide funding for boys and girls soccer programs, at the
varsity and junior varsity levels, keeping high school soccer intact for more
than 5300 LAUSD students.

“Chivas USA is committed to Los
Angeles in a way that goes far beyond simply making this donation,” said Chivas
USA President and CEO Shawn Hunter. “This will be the beginning of a great
partnership with LAUSD, and we are excited for the opportunity to help build and
maintain strong high school soccer programs that coaches, students, and families
can be proud of.”

Chivas USA’s partnership with
LAUSD was announced at Thursday’s Save our Sports (SOS) press conference at the
Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles. A number of organizations,
including Chivas USA, the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Nike, and
other companies and individuals, joined together to raise more than $1.3 million
to pay coaches stipends in all 14 sports offered in the district. Chivas USA’s
major donation goes directly to the boys and girls soccer programs throughout
Los Angeles, and will also include future collaboration between the soccer club
and LAUSD.

“We are extremely grateful to
all those who generously gave to SOS,” said LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia.
“We know that sports provide motivation for many students to stay in school and
will assist us in our goal of a 100% graduation rate.”

Facing a $640 million deficit
in the 2010-2011 school year, LAUSD instituted a 25% across-the-board budget cut
that would reduce funding for coaches and endanger all competitive athletics at
LAUSD high schools. When made aware of the cut, LA civic and philanthropic
leaders, with the help of the LA84 Foundation, a
non-profit institution dedicated to the development of youth sport in Southern
California, joined together to help raise the $1.3 million necessary to
support over 35,000 student athletes in 72 schools across the

Those wishing to be involved in
the SOS program can donate through the LA84 Foundation website at and use the donate tab to make a contribution.  You may
also contact Melissa Infusino, Director of Partnerships LAUSD at 213-241-7000.

About Chivas

Founded in 2004, Los
Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in just
five full seasons in Major League Soccer. In 2009, the Mexican-owned club
qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the fourth year in a row, to the delight
of its passionate supporters. Chivas USA players and coaches have earned many
awards, including MLS Rookie of the Year (Jonathan Bornstein, 2006), Goalkeeper
of the Year (Brad Guzan, 2007; Zach Thornton, 2009), Coach of the Year (Bob
Bradley, 2006; Preki, 2007), Comeback Player of the Year (Zach Thornton, 2009),
and U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year (Sacha Kljestan, 2008). The
club’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the
Southern California community, while the Chivas USA U-18 and U-16 youth teams
and Chivas USA Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the
region’s best young talent. For more information on Club Deportivo Chivas USA,
please visit

About LA84

The LA84 Foundation is
celebrating 25 years of service to the youth of Southern California.  The
foundation was established to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus
from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  The Foundation
received $93 million at its inception.  Since it began operations in 1985, it
has invested $189 million in sports programs serving more than two million youth
in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange,
Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.  Its
headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles
where it houses the world’s premier sports library and meeting facilities.  The
Foundation convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing
issues in sport.  For additional information, please visit