One Watts Brings Home the Gold
The Governors' Council on Physical Fitness has announced its 2011 Spotlight Awards, and this year's Gold Medal for parks programs goes to One Watts, a collaboration between People for Parks and the City of L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks.
One Watts is a cluster of programs serving residents of the Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs and Imperial Courts housing projects and the 109th Street Rec Center. It is the first parks program based in L.A. County to win any medal in the six years since then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger created the competition in 2006.
Thanks to an accompanying $10,000 award, a Cal South Soccer grant and PFP contribution, One Watts will receive more than $43,000 for programming. The cluster's "smart recreation" programs build meaningful friendships between youth of the different neighborhoods. In the 2010-11 season, a total of 336 boys and girls between 8 and 12 participated in soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, and flag football.
The Governor's Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting physical activity for all Californians, with an emphasis on children and youth.
Anthem Blue Cross sponsors the Spotlight Awards to highlight "individuals, organizations and events that employ innovation, inspiration and initiative to positively impact physical activity, fitness levels and the well being of California children and youth."
Read the official report here