Keck School of Medicine of USC Research Study

Gasol Foundation USA, in collaboration with Keck School of Medicine of USC, is looking for overweight/obese participants age 12-16 for a research study in Southern California. This scientific study will analyze the effects of a home exercise program on health outcomes for overweight/obese youth. Learn more and register here

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California teaches and trains physicians, biomedical scientists and other healthcare professionals, conducts medical research, and treats patients. Founded in 1885, it is the second oldest medical school in California after the UCSF School of Medicine.

Gasol Foundation USA’s Galactic Sports winter programming, in collaboration with Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, will begin in January 2023 at the following locations: El Cariso Community Regional Park (Sylmar, CA), Del Aire Park (Hawthorne, CA), Pamela Park (Duarte, CA), Amelia Mayberry Park (Whittier, CA), Ruben F Salazar Park (East Los Angeles, CA), and Lennox Park (Lennox, CA). Register today – and we’ll see you there! 

Galactic Sports is a community-based program promoting sports and healthy habits. The goal of the program is to reduce risk of childhood obesity among children by engaging them in sports and promoting these healthy habits: diet, physical activity, sleep, and emotional well-being. Galactic Sports is for children ages 6-13. The activities are designed for beginners to gain confidence in the sport.

Gasol Foundation USA presented at the 2022 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo in Boston. Our presentation poster was based on the pilot of the ENERGY program and its impact on children’s physical activity and health in both the United States and Spain. We are proud to be invited to present at the APHA conference in order to share our childhood obesity work, engage with public health experts, and collaborate with other advocates. We look forward to expanding our research for the benefit of children’s health!

On Thursday, October 27th, Gasol Foundation USA hosted our first in-person event since 2016! ‘A Night with the Gasol Foundationtook place at Tatel Restaurant in Beverly Hills. The patio at Tatel provided a collegial setting to showcase our work and mingle with current and new collaborators. We were excited to see friends, partners, and donors who showed their support for our #ZeroChildhoodObesity mission. This friend and fundraiser built momentum for us to continue empowering children to develop healthy habits. We are thrilled to report a generous $50,000 contribution from the Los Angeles Lakers was made at the event. As always, all funds go directly toward our free children’s wellness programs.

 

On Thursday, September 15th, Gasol Foundation celebrated our new partnership with the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation with a kick-off event held at Ruben F. Salazar Park. We are officially up and running for the Fall and currently providing our Galactic Sports programming at five Los Angeles County Regional parks (Ruben F. Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, El Cariso Community Regional Park in Sylmar, Pamela Park in Duarte, Sorensen Park in Whittier, and Lennox Park in Lennox) and the Los Angels Boys and Girls Club in Lincoln Heights.

We would like to thank Supervisor Hilda Solis and Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Norma Garcia, for recognizing our work to reduce the risk of childhood obesity through sports and healthy habits. 

We are happy to announce a new partnership between Gasol Foundation and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. This fall, Gasol Foundation USA will be offering our Galactic Sports programming to children ages 6-13 at five LA County Parks on weekday afternoons – Ruben F. Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, El Cariso Community Regional Park in Sylmar, Pamela Park in Duarte, Sorensen Park in Whittier, and Lennox Park in Lennox.

Join us to announce the new partnership with County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation Thursday, September 15th at Ruben F. Salazar Park (3864 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023) at 5:30pm PDT.

In attendance: Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation – Norma Garcia, Gasol Foundation USA Executive Director – Hector De La Torre

Gasol Foundation US has convened a new Advisory Board of health and education experts to better empower children (and their parents) in their health and wellness—especially in preventing and overcoming childhood obesity. 

The six-member board is composed of recognized leaders in their fields (three M.D.’s and three Ed.D.’s) who bring a depth of experience and insights about child wellness and development to the national nonprofit organization:

Dr Ilan Shapiro is a pediatrician and is Chief Health Correspondent and Medical Affairs Officer at AltaMed Health Services; Dr Elisa Nicholas is a pediatrician and CEO at TCC Family Health; Dr David Skaggs is an orthopedic surgeon and Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Roger Brossmer, Ed.D., is Assistant Superintendent at Downey, CA Unified School District; Georgia Lazo, Ed.D., is Principal at UCLA Lab School; and Tonikiaa Orange, Ed.D., is Director of Culture and Equity Project at UCLA Center X.

As Gasol Foundation US continues to expand its impact on children’s wellness by teaching proven healthy habits, This Advisory Board will be instrumental to the quality and effectiveness of our evidence-based children’s programming. 

Gasol Foundation US has been awarded a $15,000 matching grant from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation to help fund its Galactic Sports program for girls at Salazar Park in East Los Angeles, California.

“We are thankful to the National Basketball Players Association Foundation for their support,” said Gasol Foundation US Executive Director Hector De La Torre. “With these funds, Gasol Foundation US will use basic sports skills and physical activity as a vehicle to promote girls’ child development and healthy lifestyle choices in an underserved community in East Los Angeles. Galactic Sports aims to empower girls to develop healthy habits at a formative time in their lives.”

The program at Salazar Park will support middle school girls by exposing them to a variety of sports skills and aims to inspire a life-long passion for physical activity and sports. Sports can be a significant financial burden for low-income families, limiting access. Moreover, reflecting other gender disparities in sports, girls’ sports are not funded equally or even available in certain communities. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girls drop out of sports at double the rate of boys by age 14.

We are extremely proud to have our Co-Founders, Pau and Marc Gasol, and the Gasol Foundation featured as the cover of this year’s Los Angeles Times Giving Back Philanthropy Issue. Thank you to the LA Times for recognizing Pau and Marc as leaders who give, advocate and volunteer for positive change. Under their leadership, the Gasol Foundation will continue our philanthropic efforts for all children and families in Los Angeles and around the world.

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