Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization and the official team charity of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Foundation’s mission is to help underserved youth develop their potential by providing positive experiences and resources in education, health and wellness, and sports. The Foundation also awards grants to other charities that support youth through direct services and programs in these areas.

Quarterly Grants

The Lakers Youth Foundation administers Quarterly Grants for nonprofit organizations. Deadlines: March 15, June 15, Sept. 15 and Dec. 15.

Youth Clinics

The Lakers are proud to offer local organizations the opportunity to host a free basketball or fitness clinic for children in their neighborhood.

YOU Grants

The YOU Grant is voted upon by the fans. Nonprofits are nominated for specific YOU Grants throughout the year.

Active Alliance

The Active Alliance is a youth-focused partnership designed to build healthier communities.

Making a Difference Together

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DASH Boards

You may post a Welcome, Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary message on the DASH Boards during a Lakers home game.

January 2015 YOU Grant Voting
Lakers fans, vote for your favorite Los Angeles area nonprofit for the Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant now!
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Lakers Visit Local High Schools
Lakers Legends help local schools kick off the Active Alliance program.
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Lakers 2014 Court Refurbishment
Lakers Youth Foundation unveils their court refurbishment contest winners for 2014.
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Julius Randle at 2014 Camp Lakers
Julius Randle made an appearance as a guest speaker at Camp Lakers this year.
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Freedom Through my Eyes
8th annual Freedom Through my Eyes, where students get a tour of our iconic symbols of freedom.
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Mariani Buss Tournament
Frank Mariani-Jerry Buss No-Limit Hold 'Em Tournament Presented by WPT Foundation.
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Sports Court at Children’s Institute, Inc.
The Lakers Youth Foundation, the Los Angeles Lakers and OneWest Bank joined the Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) for the grand opening of a new Sports Court at CII’s headquarters, just west of downtown Los Angeles. Read More