The PlayLA Youth & Adaptive Sports Program is a city-wide initiative that provides access to quality sports programming for youth of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 17. Made possible by an investment from the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), PlayLA is the single largest commitment to youth sports development in California and serves as a legacy before, during and after the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Over the next 6 years, the PlayLA Youth Adaptive Sports Program will offer young people with disabilities access to a variety of adaptive sports programming at no cost and in a safe and fun environment at their local recreation centers and neighborhood facilities. The first-of-its-kind program in the City of LA aims to remove barriers to participation by providing an underserved community with the opportunity to discover a sport they are passionate about and can pursue.
The PlayLA Youth Adaptive Sports Program will raise awareness of the benefits adaptive sports can offer to young people with disabilities, including enhancing lifelong leisure pursuits and helping achieve a more equitable quality of life. LA Parks is committed to creating a lasting positive impact through this initiative and foster a new generation of para-athletes and fans ahead of the LA28 Games.
RAP is proud to partner with the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) to offer soccer for blind and visually impaired youth ages 5-17. David Brown, USABA sport ambassador, will be leading the coaching team. David is a three-time Paralympic athlete and gold medalist in track & field, and now a Paralympic hopeful in blind soccer. See the flyer in the calendar below and stay tuned for the latest information on David and his blind soccer coaching team.
Join RAP and Challenged Athletes Foundation for Adaptive Skateboarding this Fall! Both youth wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users, ages 7 to 17 can learn from accomplished professional skateboarders like Katherine Beattie, pictured here. Katherine was the first woman to land a wheelchair backflip! Her experience with this sport and with WCMX brings the gold standard of excellence to our program. Look for the flyer in the calendar for updates on Adaptive Skateboarding classes at your local Recreation Center.
Principal Recreation Supervisor
Senior Recreation Director