Program Mission: HOLA’s Athletics and Outdoor Activities Program provides free and exceptional programming that promotes personal development, health and fitness, commitment to athletic excellence, and exemplary sportsmanship.
HOLA’s Athletics and Outdoor Activities Program promotes personal development, health and fitness, commitment to athletic excellence and exemplary sportsmanship. Activities not only promote physical exercise, but serve as an outlet from the stresses of daily life and an opportunity to learn teamwork skills that will last a lifetime. In addition to providing free basketball and soccer leagues and clinics, HOLA offers elementary, middle and high school youth extensive recreational opportunities in fitness and dance, nutrition/healthy cooking and instruction in a variety of sports including flag football, swimming, tennis, soccer, volleyball and basketball.
Through a unique partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, HOLA’s kids enjoy much needed green space – a state-of-the-art field turf soccer field, outdoor basketball courts and a full-sized gym. These facilities are safe spaces that are open year-round and offer the youth of the community an alternative to life on the streets.
- To assist in the physical, social, academic and emotional development of our youth
- To teach students the discipline they need to succeed by working to acquire athletic skills and practicing good sportsmanship
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The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters delighted HOLA students this week, using humor and fancy tricks to drive home an important message. Globetrotters told a gym-full of kids that it doesn’t matter if they want to be the president of the United States, the youth of the year, or the top finisher in a spelling bee — they just need to set goals and stick to them. “Find out everything you can about your goal through research. Surround yourself with positive people who have the same goals and believe […]
With the winter quarter well under way, we’re pleased about the many fun and educational collaborations that have taken off at HOLA. To celebrate all the love and support of our teachers, directors, staff, volunteers, students and families, we wanted to share with you what’s new in our cozy corner of the universe. Over in Athletics, some of our middle school girls have begun training to run a 5k with the help of nonprofit Girls on the Run. The program is designed to inspire girls to be joyful, […]
Last week, the Lafayette Multipurpose Community Center was the venue for a very special basketball game. As a stop on their U.S. tour, The Saint Peters Lutheran College from Brisbane, Australia came to compete against HOLA’s high school boys’ and girls’ teams in two friendly games. The first game’s victory went to the Aussie girls, yet the HOLA’s boy’s team bested their opponents in the second. Afterwords, the teams had time to bond over stories and laughter while eating some good ol’ American pizza. We’re grateful to have been included in their […]
Omar Campos has been with HOLA for almost five years, as a student and now as a tutor and soccer coach. As he works towards his Bachelor of Science in computer engineering, Omar continues to keep close ties to HOLA. Giving back to his community and teaching youth life skills has become an impacting part of Omar’s life since graduating HOLA in 2011. Omar explains, “A lot of kids kids tend to give up if they don’t think they’re good enough. But I wasn’t good at first, […]
Although the school year ended, HOLA’s campus kept everyone busy. From sailing the high seas to learning about the environment through art, our students have kept active: thinking, experiencing, and growing – and of course having a blast while doing it! We were also delighted and grateful this summer to be joined by 10 Americorps VISTA volunteers, who were invaluable to our summer programming. When we asked the VISTA’s what they loved most about their summer at HOLA, they all spoke of the parallels they shared with the kids: new friendships and […]