LA Watts Summer Games – History
The inaugural L.A. Watts Summer Games were held in 1968 at Locke High School. Originally called the Watts Summer Olympics, the Games were modeled after the Olympic Games by Bill Sims and fellow members of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce.
The Games were to signify a rebirth of civic spirit in the troubled South Los Angeles community of Watts.
– Mayor Garcetti, Los Angeles, June 2017
Join us as we pave the way for the youth of Los Angeles to strive for excellence in pursuit of their dreams. This is a cause that will provide educational and career opportunities, platforms for sports visibility, exposure to cultural museums and events, and a supportive network of positive influence.
Our Mission is to expand the USA City Games into a nationwide franchise youth athletic event that celebrates urban communities throughout America by launching the games in other major cities in the US in 2017 and beyond.
The City of Los Angeles has granted the rights to revitalize the former L.A. Watts Summer Games to Make It Happen Productions (MIHP), a Los Angeles entertainment firm.
As the new stewards of the games, MIHP has:
and the USA City Games was born.
The mission of the USA City Games is to connect the inner-city and metropolitan youth from neighboring communities through sports.
The USA City Games is a project at The Giving Back Fund, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity, Tax ID #04-3367888.