AQUATICS CENTER SEEKS COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO REACH FUNDRAISING GOAL

Donations Needed to Complement Latest Contributions from LA County, Chevron and Continental Development to Take Aquatics Programs in the South Bay to New Level

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (January 17, 2017)– South Bay Sports, Health and Recreation is counting on local businesses and individuals to help raise the final $3 million to complete the world-class Aquatics Center located in El Segundo. The facility is scheduled to break ground in April 2017.

“This center is being built with the future of the community in mind and we need the community’s support and donations to make this vision a reality. The South Bay is known for its commitment to fitness and the Aquatics Center embodies that spirit,” said Richard Lundquist, CEO of South Bay Sports, Health and Recreation. “Many prominent business sponsors have helped us kick off this project, and now we’re asking area residents and other businesses in the South Bay to contribute in this regional effort.” Fundraising commenced in 2016, and to date, over 55 percent of the $6 million initiative has been raised or pledged. The City of El Segundo, the Wiseburn Unified School District, and the not-for-profit South Bay Sports, Health and Recreation announced the facility’s cost of $12.5 million in late 2016.

After more than three decades of serving the Fourth District, outgoing L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe was instrumental in securing the County’s contribution of $250,000 towards the development of the El Segundo Aquatics Center. Additionally, the Chevron El Segundo Refinery has contributed $100,000 as part of its on-going community support. At the City Council meeting held on January 17th, Richard Lundquist announced that his company, Continental Development Corporation, will contribute a second $1 million to the center. Lundquist stated this contribution was the perfect opportunity to commemorate the City’s centennial celebration as it represents $10,000 for each year that the City of El Segundo has been incorporated.

“Every dollar counts in this effort to bring one of the most advanced aquatics centers to Los Angeles,” adds Lundquist. “At this time, individuals and families have an opportunity to be significant stakeholders and an integral part of South Bay history through their contributions.”

The outdoor swimming complex will provide the community with a center for competition-level swimming, community swim lessons, and fitness classes and will act as the future home to local high school and adult swim and water polo teams.

To date, major donors of the Aquatics Center include Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Chevron, Continental Development Corporation, Los Angeles County – 4th District, The Los Angeles Lakers Foundation, Mar Ventures, Skechers, and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Contributors may participate in one-year to 10-year naming sponsorships and the permanent donor wall. To donate, visit esaquatics.org or email Sherry Kramer, Continental Development’s Community Affairs Director at skramer@continentaldevelopment.com.

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About South Bay Sports, Health and Recreation

South Bay Sports, Health and Recreation is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing funding to create, upgrade, and enhance sports and recreation facilities with the purpose of promoting and cultivating improved health for the betterment of the community. Visit esaquatics.org or sbshr.org to learn more.