The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion on May 11 that seeks to develop a citywide adaptive sports program with a focus on the expansion of services to transitional age youth ages 18-24, adults and seniors.
The council was led in approving the measure by Council President Pro Tempore Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, a former competitive athlete, and Councilman Paul Krekorian, 2nd District.
“Our action means that Angelenos of all ages will have greater access to sports and recreational programming that can help keep people healthy throughout their lives,” O’Farrell said. “I know from personal experience how sports and recreation can be transformative to a person’s health and well-being, and as we work to expand these services, we are doing so with equity and accessibility in mind. This partnership ensures that we have unique resources to help people now and in the years to come.”
In 2028, Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of an effort to make sports more accessible and affordable for children, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks last November launched “PlayLA,” a free- to low-cost youth sports initiative made possible through a $160 million contribution from LA28 and the International Olympic Committee.
PlayLA has brought critically needed access to adaptive and non-adaptive sports, clinics and classes, ensuring all children ages 5-17 have an opportunity to participate in sports. O’Farrell and Krekorian’s motion approved seeks to build on the success of PlayLA by increasing adaptive sports access and service availability citywide.
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