Chivas USA to Announce Fundraising
The Los Angeles Unified School
District (LAUSD), Chivas USA, the LA84 Foundation and the Los Angeles Dodgers will announce on Thursday
morning a major fund-raising effort for competitive
athletic activities involving LAUSD schools. The press conference will be held
tomorrow morning at Miguel Contreras Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Chivas USA President and CEO
Shawn Hunter and Chivas USA midfielder Gerson Mayén, a graduate of Manual Arts
Senior High School in Los Angeles, will speak regarding Chivas USA’s
contribution to high school soccer. Los Angeles Dodgers Owner and Chairman Frank
McCourt will also be present, along with LA84 Foundation president Anita
The LA84 Foundation is a non-profit institution dedicated
to the development of youth sport, and the organization has taken the lead in
counteracting the budget cuts that have threatened to curtail or kill high
school sports in Los Angeles.
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 joined together to help raise the $1.3 million necessary to support over
35,000 student athletes in 72 schools across the city. This unprecedented effort
and public/private partnership could mean that thousands of students will have
the opportunity to play sports next year – and reap the vast benefits that come
from participating in athletics.