LTSC has the pleasure of announcing that the W.M. Keck Foundation has granted $500,000 to Budokan of Los Angeles!

Budokan of Los Angeles (BoLA) is a new multipurpose sports and activities center that Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is building to serve as a “Home Court” that will connect the community with the rich history and culture of Little Tokyo and enhance the quality of life for residents.  The W. M. Keck Foundation will support construction.  While the name “Budokan” is a Japanese term that literally translates to “martial arts hall,” BoLA will provide much more.  For local residents of Little Tokyo and surrounding multiethnic neighborhoods where there is a critical lack of green space and recreational facilities, BoLA will fill a critical need.  Individuals and families will participate in sports activities, afterschool programs, health and wellness activities, and arts and cultural programs, contributing to their physical health and well-being.  Tournaments and a wide array of special events will draw visitors from throughout Southern California, introducing them to elements of the Japanese culture.  When the facility is completed in 2018, LTSC estimates serving over 25,000 individuals annually.

About W.M. Keck Foundation

W.M. Keck Foundation support of Southern California-based organizations enriching the lives of our region’s residents has expanded and deepened over the years. We place a special emphasis on children, youth and their families, with the goal of providing safe, healthy, supportive environments that prepare children to succeed in school and in life.

Read more at WMKeck.org