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Lakers Basketball Clinics and Leagues
Heart of Los Angeles, with the incredible support of the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, offers free youth basketball clinics (Ages 7-17) on the first Saturday of every month, usually from 1pm -3pm. In the summer, the times vary, with some clinics being held in the evenings. Participants receive basketball instruction along with information on living and eating healthy. The Lakers Youth Foundation also supports HOLA’s Junior Jump Shot Basketball League for elementary and middle school aged boys and girls. The leagues are held in the spring and fall of each year and serve over 350 youth annually.

Central City Athletic Association
HOLA is also the co-founder of the Central City Athletic Association (CCAA), which provides basketball leagues for girls and boys located throughout Los Angeles. The Central City Basketball Association hosts leagues for high school boys each winter, serving approximately 150 young men. In the spring, the Central City Girls’ Basketball Association provides approximately 150 high school girls with the opportunity to play in competitive leagues.

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Bruce Hooks Athletics Program Director
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Haymen Gebru Athletics Coordinator
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Blending Cultures via Basketball

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 […]

LA Sparks Players Lead Clinic

More than 35 Heart of LA youth recently had the opportunity to learn basketball skills from some of the best. Los Angeles Sparks players Alana Beard and Candice Wiggins spent a saturday morning at the LaFayette Park Recreation Center, running dribbling and shooting drills with the young athletes. Some of the older kids even had the opportunity to play a game of “21,” it’s not hard to guess who won. Before the morning finished up, Candice and Alana answered lots of questions, including who is […]

Fall’s in Full Swing

Every afternoon hundreds of kids, ages 6-19, are participating in over 75 academic and enrichment classes on HOLA’s campus. In addition to daily academic support from staff, tutors and volunteers, every afternoon HOLA students have the chance to explore opportunities they can’t get anywhere else, inside or outside of school. The choices are almost limitless, ranging from Healthy Cooking, Photography and an Introduction to the US Constitution, to a full range of STEAM classes, including 3D Design and Printing, Photography and Video Game Design. Many […]

Fall Sports Draw to a Close

As fall turned into winter, HOLA’s basketball and soccer leagues held their playoffs and crowned their champions. In partnership with LA City Department of Recreation and Parks, HOLA is able to offer Junior Jumpshot basketball leagues from Pee Wee through Middle School, with weekly practices and games for 185 young athletes. HOLA partners with the LA84 Foundation and the Rose Hills Foundation to offer soccer leagues to over 250 kids on the recently renovated turf field at LaFayette Park. The soccer league welcomes athletes of all ages, from six […]

HOLA BowLA Raises Funds for Athletics Leagues

Kids and adults alike had a blast at HOLA’s 6th annual HOLA BowLA. The afternoon was filled with lots of strikes and spares, with special prizes going to the bowlers with the highest scores. Raffle prizes included lots of Lakers memorabilia (thank you Lakers!) and special thanks go out to Los Angeles Lakers Darius Morris and Robert Sacre and the Laker Girls for coming out and making this a truly memorable event for the attendees. The HOLA contingent, which included elementary, middle and high school […]

Soccer and Basketball In Full Swing

It’s fall and yes, that means that over 500 elementary, middle and high school youth are participating in HOLA’s soccer and basketball leagues. This fall’s soccer league is serving over 350 elementary, middle and high school youth and more than 150 elementary and middle school girls and boys are participating in HOLA’s basketball leagues. Soccer is broken into five divisions with six teams in each division and together with LA City Recreation and Parks both partners are able to provide basketball to Pee Wee through […]


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