Weingart East LA YMCA & Partnership for LA Schools Unveil New Multi-Purpose Sports Field from AEG & LA GalaxySep 19, 2012
Los Angeles, CA (September 19, 2012) - Two days prior to winning the 2011 MLS Cup Championship, the LA Galaxy and AEG announced they would donate a new multi-purpose sports field to Sunrise Elementary School, the 35,000 sq. ft. Natural grass field is also shared by Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA. On Tuesday, AEG & LA Galaxy officials and players unveiled the new Tifway Bermuda Grass multi-purpose sports field prior to kicking off a soccer clinic with former LA Galaxy All-Star Clint Mathis, and LA Galaxy's Josh Saunders, Sean Franklin & Bryan Jordan and 80 children from LA's Best after school program. Sunrise Elementary School is part of Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a unique collaboration between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District to turnaround LA's lowest performing schools.
Photo credit: German Alegria
(Left to Right) Tim Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG; Kendall Hirai, Chief Operating Officer, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Victor Dominguez, Executive Director, Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA; Bryan Johnson, LA Galaxy; Josh Saunders, LA Galaxy; April Ramos-Olona, Principal, Sunrise Elementary School; Sean Franklin, LA Galaxy; Los Angeles District 14 Councilmember Jose Huizar; and Marshall Tuck, CEO, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools pose with children from Sunrise Elementary School and the unveiling of the new 36,000 sq. ft. real grass sports field.
The Weingart East LA YMCA currently teaches physical education on the field to more than 600 Sunrise and KIPP students on a weekly basis. The Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA will use the newly installed multi-purpose sports field for their after school soccer and football programs.
\"As part of AEG's 2000 Acts of Hope initiative and the LA Galaxy's commitment to the Los Angeles community, the donation of the new grass field to Sunrise Elementary School will create one of the finest fields available in the region,\" said Martha Saucedo, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, AEG. \"AEG's partnership with the Weingart East LA YMCA, Sunrise Elementary School and Partnership for LA Schools has helped further our goal of improving the lives of those in the Los Angeles community.\"
\"We are honored to accept the generous gift from AEG to build a field that will provide the children and families of East Los Angeles a place, to not only play in a safe and nurturing environment, but also to learn the values of teamwork, character development, and leadership,\" said Alan Hostrup, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. \"We believe in the potential of every child, and could not deliver on our promise to our communities without the collaborative support of partners like AEG.\"
\"We are excited to be partnering with AEG and the LA Galaxy to offer our students and YMCA members a new sports field, which was in great need of updating,\" said Marshall Tuck, CEO for Partnership for LA Schools. \"The new field will vastly increase the quality of playtime and PE for Sunrise students, a necessity for healthy children. We applaud AEG & the LA Galaxy for making a real investment in public education.\"
The 35,000 sq. foot Tifway Bermuda grass turf that was used for the field is the same grass that is specially grown for the LA Galaxy's field at The Home Depot Center. Shaun Ilten, The Home Depot Center's Turf and Grounds Manager drives out to West Coast Turf sod farm in the Coachella Valley each year to pick the healthiest turf that features the proper root zone specifications for the stadium's field. Meetings with the LA Galaxy and Pierre Landscaping and West Coast Turf determined that the sports field at Sunrise Elementary School would be created using the grass reserved for fields at The Home Depot Center and LA Galaxy training facilities.
In attendance for the ceremonial announcement was Tim Leiweke, AEG President & CEO; Councilmember Jose Huizar, District 14; Josh Saunders, LA Galaxy; Sean Franklin, LA Galaxy; Bryan Jordan, LA Galaxy; Alan Hostrup, President & CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles; Marshall Tuck, CEO, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools; and April Ramos-Olona, Principal, Sunrise Elementary School.
About Partnership LA
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools strives to uplift children in the city's poorest communities by transforming their local public school into a safe and secure place of opportunity, achievement and discovery. In terms of students served, the Partnership is one of the largest public school turnaround organizations in the nation. To learn more and get involved, go to www.partnershipla.org
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