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Jan 16, 2022

Hosts Rekaya Gibson and Angela Spears have a conversation with special guest Renata Simril, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the LA84 Foundation. Simiril is also the President of the Play Equity Fund. She discusses the impact sports and play have on the mental health in youth. She shares what her organizations have done during the pandemic to bring movement and play to students being home schooled. She gives advice to parents on how to support the mental health of young athletes. In addition, Simril talks about how to keep girls interested in sports. #KeepItSporty

About Renata Simril:

As President & CEO of the LA84 Foundation – the legacy of the 1984 Summer Olympics – Renata Simril is a national leader in youth sports at a time when young people face unprecedented challenges gaining access to healthy activity and increased barriers to play. Simril also serves as President of the Play Equity Fund, the charitable partner of the LA84 Foundation. Simril’s focus is driving lasting change for children in need and supporting local communities, including during stints as a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, Senior VP & Chief of Staff to the Publisher for the LA Times, Sr. Vice President of External Affairs of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as over a decade in real estate development.

Mentioned in this Episode:

LA84 Foundation – 

Play Equity Fund –

Los Angeles, California

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