WELCOME TO WESTCOAST SPORTS ASSOCIATES!
SAVE THE DATE!
NOVEMBER 14, 2021
ROY FIRESTONE AWARD DINNER GALA
Details Coming Soon. Let us know if you would like to become a Sponsor, donate auction items, or volunteer for the event!
Youth Sports Programs are Back in Action and Your Donation Helped Make it Possible!
Souther California Youth Sports Have Been Given The Green Light!Because of YOUR SUPPORT, WSA continues to be a
valuable resource for youth sports programs in underserved communities - THANK YOU!
Beat The Streets LA and the WSA Downey Tsunami Academy began in March!
USTA SoCal Youth Tennis programs are back on the courts !
The Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood begins the WSA Spring Soccer Clinic in June!
America SCORES LA WSA Summer Soccer Clinics are happening now!
Harlem Lacrosse LA started their co-ed Middle School Summer Academy.
Echo Park, Central Park and Ross Snyder have kicked-off the summer baseball!
Roy Firestone on
25 Years as WSA's Honorary Chairman
Roy was presented with this award in recognition of his 25 years of dedication and leadership in helping WSA continue the mission of making youth sports possible. 250,000 underserved youths throughout Southern CA have been given the opportunity to participate in local sports programs with WSA's support. THANK YOU ROY FIRESTONE!
Our Mission Statement
WSA is committed to Making Youth Sports Possible.
We are a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to giving economically disadvantaged and minority children in Southern California the opportunity to participate in sports. To achieve this goal, WSA has funded various sports programs for children ages 5 - 12 for over 25 years.
For many children, the opportunity to participate in sports would not be possible without our financial support.
Thank you to all our generous sponsors.
Your contributions have helped WSA make a significant difference in Southern California since 1996!
The Chip Eggers Family
Lon V. Smith Foundation
The Pritzker Family Foundation
A Little About Us
WSA is committed to Making Youth Sports Possible. We are a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to giving economically disadvantaged children in Southern California the opportunity to participate in sports. To achieve this goal, WSA has funded various community programs and activities for boys and girls ages 5-12. For many children, the opportunity to participate in sports would not be possible without our funding.
Youth Sports Possible!
Join Our Team
Members serve in many different capacities to: help raise funding, grow the organization’s brand, oversee program partner relationships, and plan social events where members celebrate sports legends.Membership Fees are $500 per calendar year and include a ticket to the Dinner Gala event.
Yearly Membership: $500
THIS FEE PROVIDES ACCESS TO ALL MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES AND INCLUDES YOUR TICKET TO THE ANNUAL DINNER GALA EVENT ($400 VALUE).
WSA by the Numbers
Percentage of participants at WSA affiliated Recreation Centers who come from diverse backgrounds
Average per sport season program fee charged by
Recreation Center partners, which is less than $1 per program hour!
Percentage of participants awarded full scholarships by WSA non-profit partners.
More than 4 million dollars have been raised to date.
Youth Sports Possible!
Thanks For Joining Us!
WSA facilitates many activities in the community for dual purposes: To build relationships among both athletes and supporters, and to raise funds for our mission. Click on the links below to learn more about the great opportunities for getting involved.
Thank you Lawrence Jackson
for another great WSA Social
We had a great time with Lawrence Jackson at our Zoom social! Lawrence Jackson was a 4-year starter at USC from 2004 - 2007. Serving as team captain during his senior season, the Trojans ended the season with a Rose Bowl Victory over Illinois. Studying philosophy and majoring in Sociology while in school, Lawrence began to focus on community development and overall well-being. Drafted to the Seahawks 08’ and then traded to Detroit in 2010, Lawrence used his time in the NFL to continue to develop his community development plan, ultimately being introduced to social impact while in Detroit.
Lawrence Jackson, also known as “The Man in Black”, will share the ground-breaking work he’s doing to help local kids at a profound level.
Meet Our Players
Westcoast Sports Associates provides annual charitable grants to City of Los Angeles Recreation Centers and Southern California Nonprofit Organizations administering youth sports programs in low-income communities.
The primary goal of Westcoast Sports Associates is to help economically disadvantaged children play sports. Youth sports programs provide safe environments for children outside of school and the home to develop healthy habits and build character. The mentorship and role modeling facilitated by coaches and volunteers have a lasting impact on the next generation!
WSA 2021 Grant Recipients
Algin Sutton Rec Center
Central Park Rec Center
Echo Park Rec Center
El Sereno Rec Center
Elysian Valley Rec Center
Hazard Park Rec Center
Jim Gilliam Rec Center
Lincoln Park Rec Center
Montecito Rec Center
Normandale Rec Center
Queen Anne Rec Center
Ramon Garcia Rec Center
Slauson Rec Center
Ross Snyder Rec Center
Hoover Rec Center
America Scores, LA
TGA Sports Foundation
Beat The Streets, LA
Harlem Lacrosse LA
Boys & Girls Club Hollywood
Bresee Foundation LAFC
USTA So Cal Tennis Ass.
Comm Partners For The DHHEAF
Meet Our Grant Recipients!
Help Us Make Youth Sports Possible!
WSA offers many ways to get involved.
Your donations are critical to our mission!
WSA Membership provides a direct link to our programs, activities and outreach. Learn more!
WSA appreciates every donation, and invites you to pick the level that suits you. Learn more!
Your donation makes it possible for youth sports teams to receive "official" team uniforms and trophies. The pride the kids get in wearing real uniforms is visible on their faces and how they play the game - plus it helps other kids want to get involved in our programs. The greater the donation, the more kids we serve!
$1,000 - Registration fee for 25 KIDS for a full season of sports!
$2,500 - Registration fee AND Uniforms for 25 KIDS for a full season of sports!
$5,000 - Registration fee, Uniforms AND Trophies for 60 KIDS for a full season of sports!
$10,000 - Support 70 KIDS for a full season playing sports!
Grant funding provided by WSA each year to community based partners help make quality youth sports programs accessible across Southern California.
Annual participants that benefit from supported programs.
Number of youth sports facilities WSA grant funding supports.
WSA has raised 4 million dollars to date for effective and exciting youth sports programs.
Youth Sports Possible!
Here's The Latest ...!
It was 25 years ago when (clockwise from front left) Mike Rosenberg, Allen Lynch, Michael Gottlieb and W. Chip Eggers gathered at Local Yolk to create Westcoast Sports Associates.
(Arash Markazi / Los Angeles Times) Read here.
LISTEN: Mike Gottlieb, Guest Speaker on the
Bruin Sports Business Association
WSA Spotlight: Sam Lagana
Sam Lagana, longtime WSA board member and the voice of the Los Angeles Rams, shares his insight on why we should be excited about this season with the Rams in this article, "Rise With The Rams". Read here.
WSA Spotlight: Blain Skinner
Blain Skinner grew up in Southern California, and from an early age, he developed a love for sports. As a young athlete, he was drawn to soccer, but as a fan, his interests expanded to all sports – especially basketball and the Los Angeles Lakers. This was understandable as Blain grew up in the era of Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain. He eventually went on to study at the University of Southern California, where he attained a bachelor’s degree from their Sports Information program in 1982. During his senior year, he was hired to work at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, first as an intern. Eventually, after graduating, he was promoted to the Director of Public Relations for their special events.
At the time, The Forum was the home of his favorite childhood team, and eventually, his focus began to shift entirely towards the Lakers. This marked the beginning of a remarkable nearly thirty-eight year run with the franchise which saw the team win fifteen conference championships and nine NBA titles – and if he had stuck around for another year, those totals would be sixteen and ten. During his tenure with the organization, the team was led by the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O’Neill, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis.
The success that he and the Lakers enjoyed in that time has fueled a desire to give back to the youth of Southern California by sharing his passion for sports. Fortunately, Westcoast Sports Associates provided him the opportunity to do just that. After joining the organization in 1995 and volunteering as a member for over twenty years, he now proudly sits on WSA’s board. In addition to WSA, he launched Blain Skinner Consulting and provides services to various entities throughout the sports and entertainment industry, hoping that as many people as possible can share his undying love for sports.