Passing The Olympic Torch: Leaders To Gather Jan. 28 To Honor Anita DeFrantz For Three Decades Of Service; Welcome New LA84 President And CEO Renata Simril

1984 LA Olympic Organizing Committee President Peter Ueberroth, Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA24 Chair Casey Wasserman, Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson and USOC CEO Scott Blackmun among leaders to celebrate the passing of the torch at LA84 - the living legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games

Jan 27, 2016, 14:36 ET from LA84 Foundation

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- An esteemed lineup of Olympic, business, political and community leaders will come together this Thursday evening to honor longtime LA84 Foundation President Anita DeFrantz for three decades of service, and to officially welcome Renata Simril as LA84's new president and CEO. Ms. DeFrantz's pioneering work has allowed LA84 to serve more than four million children annually by providing opportunities for children to participate in sports, solidifying LA84 as the nationally recognized leader in elevating the importance of sports in positive youth development.  

The passing of a torch from the 1984 Games by Ms. DeFrantz to Ms. Simril will symbolize the arrival of the next generation of leadership.

Speakers will recognize the LA84 Foundation as a symbol of the lasting legacy of the successful 1984 Olympic Games, and look to the future as Los Angeles prepares its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games once again.


Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m.


LA84 Foundation 

2141 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018


Former LA Olympic Organizing Committee President Peter Ueberroth

Mayor Eric Garcetti

US Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun

LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman

LA City Council President Herb Wesson

LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Olympian Rafer Johnson


Anita DeFrantz will pass a torch from the 1984 Olympic Games to new LA84 Foundation President and CEO Renata Simril.    

Interested media please RSVP to Molly Hogin: (310) 974-6693 or


SOURCE LA84 Foundation