The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks PlayLA Youth & Adaptive Youth Sports Program is a city-wide initiative that provides access to quality sports programming for youth of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 17. Made possible by an investment from the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), PlayLA is the single largest commitment to youth sports development in California and serves as a legacy before, during and after the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Over the next six years, the PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program will offer young people with disabilities access to a variety of adaptive sports programming at no cost in a safe and fun environment at their local recreation centers and neighborhood facilities. The first- of-its-kind program in the City of LA aims to remove barriers to participation by providing an underserved community with the opportunity to discover a sport they are passionate about and can pursue.
The PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program raises awareness of the benefits adaptive sports can offer young people with disabilities, including enhancing lifelong leisure pursuits and helping achieve a more equitable quality of life. LA Parks is committed to creating a lasting positive impact through this initiative and fostering a new generation of para-athletes and fans ahead of the LA28 Games.
Check out the highlights below from our para surfing camps and adaptive skateboarding classes!
PlayLA is proud to offer para equestrian lessons to youth with disabilities ages 5 to 17, supported by Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship. Join us for a fun-filled time learning from expert staff and trainers and, riding horses in a safe and effective manner. Please refer to the flyers in the Calendar section below for dates and times. Space is limited. Sign up today!
PlayLA will bring back wheelchair tennis clinics this spring supported, by the Triumph Foundation! Both youth wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users , ages 5 to 17 with disabilities will play wheelchair tennis and learn from accomplished and expert tennis instructors. Please refer to the flyers in the Calendar section below for dates, times and locations.
PlayLA adaptive archery clinics, supported by the Triumph Foundation, are specialized for youth with disabilities ages 5 to 17. These clinics introduce beginners to adaptive archery and focus on building fundamental skills. Paralympic gold medalist Kevin Mather serves as a coach for the clinics. He is a five-time world record holder, ranked #1 in the world the reigning Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Champion and finished in 2nd place at the 2012 Ironman World Championships. Mather brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this program. Please check the Calendar below for future adaptive archery clinics.
PlayLA is excited to host visually impaired & blind soccer clinics, supported by the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, for youth with a visual impairment ages 5 to 17 for a second year. Paralympic gold medalist and Team USA blind soccer national team member David Brown will once again lead the clinics with his extensive experience and knowledge of this unique sport. The team contact sport includes a component of medium-level cardiovascular exercise in an inclusive and support environment for all participants. For dates, times and locations for upcoming clinics, please refer to the Calendar section below. Register today!
Principal Recreation Supervisor