As a youth growing up in East Los Angeles, ICFA board member Gil Hurtado had the opportunity to play in youth sports programs, but the cost was always a challenge for his family.
Hurtado learned about the South Gate Junior Athletic Association after becoming a father himself. He spoke with a few members of the organization who expressed their concern about a lack of leadership in the organization.
Having benefited from sports programs himself, he knew of the importance of keeping this program running, and of keeping it as affordable as possible. Before long, the association elected Hurtado president, a title he has held for about twenty years now.
The program provides youth sports for children five to fifteen years of age. Though the exact number of participants varies from year to year, on average about 1,500 children come through their doors annually. The donation from ICFA will assist the association in buying uniforms, baseballs, softballs, bats, basketballs, trophies, pictures, as well as some of the office supplies that are needed every year.
The donations allow the organization to keep the cost of registration as affordable as possible. “I would like to thank ICFA, and all of our supporters,” Hurtado said, “for the donations that keep the program affordable for the youth of South Gate.”