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HOLA offers elementary, middle and high school youth an extensive recreation and sports program that operates throughout the year. Students can participate in exercise, fitness and dance classes, learn about nutrition/healthy cooking and learn and play a variety of sports, including flag football, swimming, tennis, soccer and basketball.

Over the past few years, HOLA has developed partnerships with the athletic departments at colleges and universities throughout California. Athletes from Pepperdine, Stanford and USC have come to HOLA to lend their expertise and to share their experiences as student athletes. Each year, the USC and Stanford Alumni Athletic Associations have teamed up to bring flag football clinics to HOLA and last spring, the Pepperdine Girls Track Team provided a clinic for our Bridges middle school students.

Girls on the Run

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Bruce Hooks Athletics Program Director
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Alex Nataren Operations Director & Director of Healthy Cooking
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Prisons or Education?

What if California spent as much on education as it does on prisons? Did you know that in the state of California it costs roughly seven times more to house one prisoner for a year than it does to send just one child to a college or university? The annual combined budget for all Cal State and University of California campuses (thirty-two total) is less than half of what California spends on prisons. That’s a truly astounding fact and it gets even more troubling when […]

Article Written by Tony Brown Featured in UTK Torchbearer Magazine

“Prisons or Education?” an article written by Tony Brown, is featured in the University of Tennessee’s Torchbearer Magazine. Torchbearer is a magazine for alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Last year, Tony was featured in UTK’s Accolades magazine, a magazine from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Click here to read the Accolades article.

Tony Brown and HOLA Featured in UT Magazine

Tony Brown, Heart of Los Angeles’ Executive Director, and HOLA are featured in Accolades, the University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences (CEHHS) magazine. Accolades is published once a year and “In the Heart of Los Angeles” is the cover article for this year’s edition. Tony received his Master of Science Degree from the College and today serves on the CEHHS Dean’s Board of Advisors. The article traces Tony’s involvement with HOLA, from his role as one of the first employees more […]

The Future of Sport

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to address the 2013 participants in the Global Sports Mentoring Program, a program of the US Department of State and espnW, in cooperation with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace and Society. The 17 women, who hail from all over the world, had been identified as emerging leaders in sports and the program pairs the participants with top American female executives in the sports industry. The goal of the program is to develop lasting relationships and […]

Alumni Retreat

In early January, over 80 of HOLA’s younger alumni returned to the HOLA campus for our first Alumni Retreat. The day was filled with workshops, networking and plenty of time to catch up. After registration and breakfast, the first order of the day was a financial aid workshop, a session that was filled with invaluable information about how to ensure that the students are making the most of the financial aid that is available to them. From there, the students had the choice of four […]

HOLA Forges Service Learning Partnership with University of Tennessee

As part of a unique partnership between the University of Tennessee (UT) and Heart of Los Angeles, for eight weeks this summer, HOLA was extremely lucky to have Veronica Mays interning at HOLA. Veronica is the first intern to come to HOLA under a Field Placement Partnership between HOLA and UT’s College of Education, Health and Human Services – Department of Public Health. Veronica is currently a student at UT, working towards her Master’s in Public Health. The focus of Veronica’s work at HOLA was […]


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