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Through the CCAA, HOLA provides soccer leagues for youth ages 6-19. In the fall, over 400 elementary and middle school aged boys and girls and high school boys participate in the Central City Soccer Association’s Leagues. In the spring, high school aged girls have the opportunity to join leagues along with over 200 elementary and middle school aged boys and girls. Each summer, HOLA hosts a tournament for high school soccer players. This weekend long event offers over 100 young men the opportunity to compete with teams from all over the City.

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Coach of the Month: Omar Campos

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, […]

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 […]

LA84 Foundation, Nike and Chivas USA Host Energizing Soccer Clinic

As spring classes winded down, the LA84 Foundation, Nike and Chivas USA hosted a soccer clinic for 140 Heart of Los Angeles youth. Kids from both HOLA’s Athletics Program and the YOLA at HOLA youth orchestra program participated in the clinic. The students learned moves from former and current players and coaches and even had a chance to play a few matches. The students had a blast, getting a chance to be active outside the classroom and to learn about the 2014 World Cup. The […]

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 […]

Maria’s the Coach Now

Heart of Los Angeles is thrilled to welcome back alumna Maria Cabrera as a soccer coach and the instructor of HOLA’s Play Soccer club. Maria comes to HOLA through Coach Across America, a program of Up2Us. Maria first started coming to HOLA in the 9th grade and continued coming throughout high school, taking advantage of the free SAT preparation classes and getting help with her college applications. During high school, Maria also played in HOLA’s soccer league with other young women from her high school. Upon […]

HOLA’s 6th Annual Summer Cup

On a beautiful, sunny, but not too hot Saturday, HOLA’s Athletics Program held their 6th Annual Summer Cup, a soccer tournament held at Lafayette Park for kids ages 9-11. The sidelines were packed with proud parents, families and friends who came to root for the young soccer players. This was the first tournament held on the recently refurbished field and the kids were excited to play on the fresh new turf. A big thank you to the LA84 Foundation for refurbishing the field. The tournament […]


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