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Dear FIYA Families, Friends, & Members of the FIYA Community, 

I have been involved with youth sports for over 25 years in various capacities and the one that still provides the most satisfaction is my role as co-founder and executive director of FIYA.  In our 12th year (and even after a pandemic that canceled most operations), FIYA continues as a non-profit organization to provide young student athletes throughout Los Angeles County with varied interscholastic sports.  Our mission of strengthening schools through sports is alive and well and I humbly request your support of our mission during this holiday season as more schools and school districts participate in FIYA


Prior to the pandemic, I felt we were on the verge of explosive growth.  Now that the pandemic restrictions are behind us, we are feeling the rumblings of a numbers explosion once again.  While this is obviously exciting news, we need to ensure we have the capacity to serve over 10,000 student athletes from all over LA County in the coming year.  We have two wish categories for which we are looking to strengthen and therefore are setting $30,000 as our overall development goal: 


  • Equipment/Awards – we know that having good equipment significantly helps our game day operations.  We have an ambitious goal to have portable outdoor scoreboards for our flag football and soccer leagues.  Seeing a game clock and a score gives a more structured feel to the game.  In addition, in light of our mission statement, we are creating All League Academic Awards to inspire the student athletes to excel in the classroom.  Consequently, we are allocating a goal of $20,000 to assist in this area.


  • Referees/Game Operators – the combination of the pandemic reducing the number of referees available along with the impact of inflation, and that other organizations such as CIF have increased their referee pay, has caused FIYA to increase our referee budget.  In addition, we continue to seek out employment amongst our teen population to assist as scorekeepers and field supervisors.  In order to keep pace with minimum wage requirements, we need to increase our budget here as well.  Consequently, we are allocating a goal of $10,000 to add to our referee and game operator budget.


$10,000 +

Chuck & Carol Dailey

Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation

LA84 Foundation

Porteous Family Foundation

S Mark Taper Foundation 

$1,001 - $9,999



John Mueller

Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation

Thomas Ricondo

UCLA Health

US Soccer Foundation

$251 - $1,000

Eugene Mueller

The Gaardsmoe Family

James Kawahito

Jacob Mueller

Jayne Pimlott

Judie Holland

Mallory Rawson 

Milan Mueller

Mike and Dona Rawson

The Kindest Company

$101 - $250

Anthony Tolbert

Edgar Rios 

Giustina Scionti 

Isabelle Yanchulis

Jason Hirschman

John Farren

Jonathan Rawson

Joseph Bozzuti

Meg Balian

Monica McAllister

Robert Farren 

Sarah-Doe Osborne

Todd McCullough

$26 - $100

Boris Suarez

Chris Coyle 

Debbie Mollner

Delia Munoz

The Dombrowski Family

Ian McAllister

Jason Hirschman 

Julia Leamy

Kate Girod

Kerry Grove

Liz Pimlott & Kat Moon

Marc Naylor 

Mary Kate Reid

Mike Pimlott

Monica Salcedo 

The Westside Golf Collective

$1 - $25

Alex Reale

Annie Cipiti

Charley Grove

Christina Bragg 

Courtney Gaardsmoe

Connor Munro 

Jeff Muir

Jennifer Appling 

Katelyn Ecker

Kelly Park

Lauren Freedman

Lindsey Gaardsmoe

Maggie Miller

Mary Conner 

Milan Mueller 

Miranda Curry

Richard Brandon 

Rachael Leamy

Victoria Trepany


On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of FIYA, I sincerely thank you for visiting this page and for your interest in contributing or getting involved with FIYA. Join us in our ongoing fundraising and help us reach our Giving Tuesday goal of $10,000 and our annual goal of $30,000 by the end of the year. See below for more details on our fundraising goals, how you can help, and how your donation can make a difference. 


John Mueller




As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your support is greatly needed each year to help FIYA continue providing youth sports, the life lessons and values that come with them, and endless positive experiences and memories to thousands of elementary and middle school students all across Los Angeles County.


Because of YOUR HELP, and with the donations we received last year, we were able to successfully bring back a full year of FIYA school sports for the 2021-2022 school year! So we really couldn't do it without people like you, our donors, our school participants, our coaches, our parents, our referees, and our entire community that supports our mission in "Strengthening Schools Through Sports."


2022 wouldn't have been possible without all of you:

  • eSports kept kids in the game who could not return in-person
  • Basketball returned for the full 2022 season with 118 teams
  • Soccer returned for the full 2022 season with 100+ teams
  • Boys Volleyball returned for the full 2022 Spring season 
  • Track & Field hosted 6 meets with 700+ student-athletes
  • Cross Country hosted 7 meets with 400+ runners 
  • Girls Volleyball served 10 regional leagues with 100 teams
  • Flag Football had 9 regional leagues with 58 teams
  • Futsal started a new league in the Fall with 7 teams
  • AND MORE after-school offerings to look forward to in 2023!

When you support FIYA, remember that you are providing the opportunity to participate in team sports for our wonderful community:

  • 10,000 students participating annually throughout Los Angeles County
  • 80% of FIYA student-athletes are students of color
  • Over 33% are female
  • 50% reside in neighborhoods that are of low to moderate income
  • Majority of students from families that do not have the resources for “club” sports
Please consider making a gift to invest in FIYA's future.

All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% go directly to support our school based athletic programs. Even in times of crisis, our work is essential. Your support is greatly appreciated. Our student athletes are counting on you!

#togetherFIYA Globe


Our ultimate goal is $30,000 for our 2022 annual fund.

All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the proceeds will go towards supporting FIYA’s school-based sports programs for middle and elementary schools. With your help we will be able to provide additional new sports offerings for our student athletes, invest in our operations, support the vital need for new sports equipment and support our student athletes and coaches with the recognition they deserve with distinguished achievement awards.



In addition to our donation goal, we're also reaching for at least 50% participation from our schools. This means we're hoping to have at least one member from half of our school communities to make a donation. In order to make that possible, we're encouraging all of our schools to share our fundraising page to their communities and social circles.


American Martyrs

Beverly Vista Middle School

El Segundo Middle School

St. Jerome School



MORE ways to get involved


We believe that donating or sponsoring a charitable cause can be very personal, having purpose and significance both for our organization but also for our donor. In that spirit, FIYA has various ways in which you can donate or contribute to your most desired preference!

Check out the listed items below to see various other ways to get involved or additional means of donating to our cause. Keep in mind each of our individual sports programs and offerings are open for sponsorship opportunities as well. To learn more about our sponsorship program, email FIYA Director of Communications Mallory Rawson at

Throughout every sports season, you may see FIYA members at your gym or field capturing the action on camera! One way you can give back is by purchasing photos of your team in the form of a donation. See a photo you like on our website or social media? 

All of our photos are always available for purchase individually or in the form of a team package, but team packages are most cost efficient and highly recommended. Once purchased, the photos can be used for school assets like yearbooks or marketing purposes or for personal reasons like team banquets and individual keeping for your student-athletes and parents. It's a unique way for our students to remember the season for a lifetime!

If you're interested in purchasing photos of your school / team or would like to see what we have available for purchase, please email all photo inquiries to

Do you have an Amazon account or make purchases via Amazon? Support FIYA by linking your Amazon account to FIYA as your charity of choice! From there, every eligible purchase you make, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price to FIYA via Amazon Smile at NO COST TO YOU. It's a simple set up process that takes no more than 2 minutes and Amazon will do the rest! Every bit adds up! We've included step-by-step desktop AND mobile instructions below on how you can link FIYA to your Amazon account. 



  1. Sign in to on your desktop browser
  2. Hover over "Accounts & Lists" and Under "Your Account", select "AmazonSmile
  3. Under "Pick your own charitable organization:"
  4. Type: "Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics"
  5. Select FIYA as your charity of choice and you're done! Your donations will be received after you shop. 



  1. Sign in to on your mobile browser
  2. Scroll to the very bottom of the page and select "Your Amazon Smile"
  3. Under "Pick your own charitable organization:"
  4. Type: "Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics"
  5. Select FIYA as your charity of choice and you're done! Your donations will be received after you shop. 

If you would like to donate specific needed materials for our individual sports programs or organization as a whole, check out our Amazon Page and every purchase will go straight to the FIYA headquarters.

Simply check out the public "FIYA Wish List" on our page or the various lists for each particular sport we offer and purchase an item of your choice that you would like to donate today! If you don't see any items available for purchase but would like to still donate this way, please email