Lakers Youth Basketball Clinic

Lakers Clinic

WHEN: Every first Saturday of each month (Next: Aug. 7, 2010).
Check-in/Registration: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Clinic: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: John H. Liechty Middle School (Basketball Gym)
650 S. Union Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017

WHO: Boys and girls ages 7-17


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The Largest Cycling Race in America Hits The Second District On Saturday, May 22nd

The largest cycling event in America, the 2010 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 16-23.

Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer® is a national initiative to increase awareness of the important resources available to people affected by cancer from prevention to survivorship. The initiative supports the valuable support, education and advocacy resources offered by Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

Stage 7 of the tour will be held on Saturday, May 22nd, in the downtown and Exposition Park areas of Los Angeles.


Business and Civic Leaders Save LAUSD High School Sports

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, Olympian Anita DeFrantz and several philanthropic foundations Thursday to announce a plan to preserve high school sports in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Unified School District was set to eliminate numerous school teams and cut coaching positions due to a $1.3 million reduction in its sports budget. But the LA84 Foundation, headed by DeFrantz, and McCourt quickly rounded up donors to keep student-athletes in the game.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas will contribute $25,000 to the effort. “Losing high school sports teams could devastate communities in my district just as earthquakes, fires and floods do; the County steps up in natural disasters. This may be a different type of emergency response, but it is equally important to keeping neighborhoods safe and healthy.”

LAUSD officials said the total donations will pay the salaries of 700 coaches and preserve teams at 75 high schools across the district, in sports from football, to cross-country to water polo.

The Supervisor kicked off the news conference in the gymnasium at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex downtown. Student athletes from several LAUSD high schools attended the event. In addition to heads of charitable foundations, representatives from the Chivas USA soccer team and Nike also announced their financial support.

The LA 84 Foundation, created following the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, was first off the line with a $252,000 grant in March. DeFrantz, a rowing Bronze medalist in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, then sought contributions from others.

McCourt said the Dodgers Dream Foundation would support baseball and softball programs. Steve Soboroff, chairman of the Weingart Foundation, said his organization would donate $150,000.

Ridley-Thomas, said he is especially gratified the funds will preserve sports at schools with which he has a personal history – Manual Arts, Dorsey, Fairfax, Crenshaw, Washington and Fremont High schools.

Ridley-Thomas is a Manual Arts graduate and was president of the senior class in 1972. While enrolled at Manual Arts, he also took German language classes at Dorsey and Fairfax, and was guided by mentors on the Crenshaw and Washington faculties. He met his wife, Avis Ridley-Thomas, when she was a student at Fremont High School.

During his college years, Ridley-Thomas taught reading at Manual Arts and also worked as the school’s assistant finance manager. Manual Arts is walking-distance from the University of Southern California, where the Supervisor earned his PhD degree.

CHAMPIONS: Los Angeles County Swim Team From South L.A.


The Los Angeles County Swim Team, 97 youth from three South Los Angeles communities, won the 2009 USA State Swim Championship in San Diego on July 18. The team, representing Jesse Owens, Victoria and Ted Watkins parks of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, is made up of almost 100 boys and girls from 10 to 18 years old.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of these youth, their commitment and their drive to succeed,” said Russ Guiney, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Competing against 20 other teams and 800 competitors from all over California, the L.A. County Swim Team garnered 100 gold, silver and bronze medals in 12 events that tested swimmers in every competitive stoke.

“We shocked everyone out there. They were asking who we were and where we were from,” said Fernando Medina, swim coach at Victoria Park Pool. “We made a huge impact as a team.” Competing in the event for the first time, the team from Los Angeles County out swam perennial powerhouse teams from throughout California.

The team is supported by the Aquatic Foundation of Metropolitan Los Angeles, coached by Department of Parks and Recreation employees Medina, Nick Orozco, Christina Melendez and Tony Martinez and trains at Los Angeles County pools operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

California State Games is a festival of Olympic-style competition for California’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities. State Games is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to Summer State Games, they host the California Winter Games with figure skating, ice hockey, skiing and snowboarding.