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Dear Members of the FIYA Community,


Over a decade ago, as  I looked around the educational landscape of our middle and elementary schools, I could see that something critical to child development at this level was missing.    There simply was no opportunity for organized school-based competitive sports as similarly existed at the high school level.  However, with the support of family, friends and generous donors, that missing component was found with the creation of FIYA and its partnership with middle and elementary schools to offer year-round sports competition.  And today, in Year 13, FIYA is a leading youth sports organization that caters to middle/elementary schools in the greater  Los Angeles area.


Indeed, as our mission statement says, FIYA is “Strengthening Schools Through Sports”


Now of course no one looks at a thirteen-year-old (i.e. FIYA)  and declares that he/she has arrived and fulfilled all expectations and success.  It is worth noting that previously on this page we expressed a need for funding for (i) outdoor scoreboards, (ii) an expansion of our awards and (iii) ensuring we have referees by staying financially competitive with other sports organizations.  I can happily report that due to your support we can check off each of these needs.


Since FIYA is still in its adolescent years, we know we need to still give it our full attention so that it continues to grow and serve as many schools as possible.  In contemplating a FIYA Wish List, I believe that like any 13-year-old we should lead with our biggest dream first: 


FIYA Fields & Sports Complex (FFSC).  Ideally, this will be located in the central part of the Los Angeles metro area and contain enough field space for a football field, a soccer field, baseball/softball diamonds and a track & field area along with a gym that can host multiple basketball, volleyball and futsal courts as well as banquet events, dance/cheer competitions and other indoor activities.  FFSC would be open to the public to use except between the hours of 4 pm and 8 pm on weekdays for exclusive FIYA based sports programming.  Clearly, FFSC will be a game changer for FIYA and all of its participants as well as the Los Angeles community in general.


So while FFSC is the ultimate dream, we do have two main short term goals:


Referee/Coach Training Program – for the Summer of 2024 we want to implement a referee/coach training program whereby we bring in experienced, knowledgeable referees and coaches and have them hold various clinics throughout the summer geared especially for recent high school graduates and college aged individuals who desire to get involved in youth sports either as referees or coaches.  We believe this program will be invaluable to the sustainability of FIYA and also provide a positive outlet for young adults who are searching to have an impact.  We are budgeting $40,000 for this program.


Equipment/Awards – yes I know that this is not creative as we asked for funding for it last year but the truth is that inflation has caused these items to increase in price and these items are essential to our operations.  We are budgeting $10,000 for this area.


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  annual goal of $30,000 by the end of the school year.  See below for more details on our fundraising goals, how you can help and how your donation can make a difference.


Best wishes,


John Mueller

Co-Founder and Executive Director





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."


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

  • 8,000 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!

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Our ultimate goal is $30,000 for our 2023-24 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.