"There is a very special trick about
giving back to your community.
Whatever you give, you get back
threefold. For me, the greatest gift
is watching and helping someone
Anita is recognized for overcoming poverty and discrimination against female athletes in high school sports and then going on to become an Olympic athlete filled with principle and courage. A former Olympic medalist in rowing, Vice President of the 1984 Los Angeles Games Organizing Committee and the first American female and African-American to serve on the International Olympic Committee, Anita DeFrantz is widely considered one of the most powerful women in amateur sports. Throughout most of the past two decades, Anita L. DeFrantz has used her power to help low-income boys and girls obtain access to quality sports experiences. She worked to ensure surplus funds from the 1984 L.A. Olympics went to support more than a thousand youth sport organizations, including Ability First which provides athletic opportunities for children with developmental challenges. The Los Angeles Amateur Athletic Foundation which DeFrantz heads has also provided more than 150 million dollars to help hundreds of thousands of children enjoy sports-- many of these children return as adults to serve as mentors and coaches.