ELLA Sports Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower and support young Latinas to become leaders of tomorrow through sports and academic excellence, will donate $5,000 dollars’ worth of sports equipment to students at Fairfax High School. The donation takes place Friday, January 27 at 4 PM at the school campus at 7850 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. ELLA leadership will donate balls, cleats, bats, and helmets to the school’s softball team.
“We are proud of our work helping high school students develop their leadership and academic skills through sports,” says Patty Godoy, co-founder of ELLA Sports Foundation. “My daughter Lilly and I co-founded the organization to provide young Latinas with the mentorship and support they need as they embark on their athletic, academic, and professional journeys.”
“Thank you, ELLA Sports Foundation, for your generous donation to the Fairfax High School softball team and for your work ensuring young Latinas excel in sports and academics,” Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said. “It is critical we begin raising up the next generation of leaders so they can address tomorrow’s challenges. Los Angeles Unified is grateful to partner with organizations like ELLA Sports Foundation to support our student leaders and prepare them to be Ready for the World.”
ABOUT ELLA SPORTS FOUNDATION
ELLA is the Spanish language word for “She.” The acronym stands for Empowering Leadership in Latina Athletes. It was founded by teenager Lilly Travieso and her mother Patty Godoy. Lilly began playing sports at a young age. Over the years, she became passionate about playing softball and dreamed of playing the sport at a top university someday. Lilly embarked on a strenuous mental, physical, and academic journey to achieve her dream. However, along the way, she discovered the many obstacles and disparities faced by Latina athletes culturally and economically.
After an arduous journey facing many obstacles and with the help of her parents, Lilly applied to and was accepted to Cornell University on a sports scholarship. Her own struggles inspired Lilly to establish an organization that would help young Latina athletes like herself to have the same opportunities, such as the mentorship and support they need as they embark on their own athletic, academic, and professional journeys. With the help of her mother, Patty Godoy, Lilly founded ELLA Sports Foundation, a 501(c) non-profit with a mission to support young Latinas to become leaders of tomorrow through sports and academic excellence.
ELLA, which stands for Empowering Leadership in Latina Athletes, seeks to develop strong Latina leaders that will positively impact their communities while establishing their own legacy. The ELLA network provides young female athletes with opportunities to prepare themselves with college preparatory courses, high-quality training, valuable networking, athletic and college mentorship, and exposure to leadership opportunities.
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