Gasol Foundation co-founder and NBA Champion Pau Gasol makes special appearance
Los Angeles, CA Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – On Monday, April 2, Gasol Foundation and YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (LA Y) hosted a special event for children at Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA to celebrate their new collaboration that tackles childhood obesity. Gasol Foundation Co-Founder and four-time NBA champion Pau Gasol visited with kids and their families as they participated in games that preview the healthy activities that will be offered this summer at the Y through this partnership.
Gasol Foundation will complement YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles’ Summer Day Camp curriculum with a new program for youth ages 5-13. Following the Gasol Foundation approach to preventing childhood obesity through a shared community commitment, this program will be a coordinated effort in which children, their caregivers and camp counselors will collectively learn to promote healthy habits.
“We are facing an issue of childhood obesity, which not only affects children today, but also can have a lasting impact throughout adulthood. It’s hard to see that what you do today as a kid will influence your life in 15, 20 and 30 years,” explained Pau Gasol. “Through this alliance with the Y,” he continued, “Gasol Foundation will reach communities that don’t typically have access to resources for a healthier and more active lifestyle.”
LA Y’s Urban Initiative
As part of the LA Y’s Urban Initiative which strengthens Los Angeles’ most underserved and under-resourced urban neighborhoods by addressing pressing academic and community needs, this joint project will impact over 200 children and will take place at Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center (serving Florence, Watts and Harbor Gateway), Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA (serving East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights), Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA (serving Maywood, Vernon, and Huntington Park), and Crenshaw Family YMCA (serving Crenshaw, Baldwin Hills and Leimert Park). The objective for this 2018 is to evaluate the impact that this initiative has on the children lifestyles and expand it to the rest of the 26 branches YMCA has in Los Angeles area for next editions.
“Leisure time activities are the best approach to motivate of children towards healthy habits. Through Gasol Foundation’s motto “Make It Healthy, Make It Fun” we will introduce the children into the metaphor of a healthy galaxy where we’ll discover the four key planets of health: sports and physical activity, healthy eating, duration and quality of sleep and emotional well-being”. – Pau Gasol, co-founder of Gasol Foundation says. He continues – “We are extremely honored and proud to partner with YMCA, so together we’ll provide the tools necessary to empower the camp participants and their families to be healthier in their daily lives”.
“The LA Y is excited to celebrate this new partnership,” said Alan C. Hostrup, President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. “Together we will address childhood obesity and create a pathway for hundreds of children and their families to be more active and engaged this summer.”
For more information about the LA Y’s Summer Day Camps or to register, visit www.ymcaLA.org/camp.