Milken Family Foundation
Pillar of Achievement- 2000
Established in 1982, the Milken Family Foundation has contributed signifcantly to various community health organizations, primarily in the areas of education and medicine, including those that emphasize sports and athletic competition. The Foundation’s mission is to discover and advance inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves, and those around them to lead productive and satisfying lives.
As longtime sports fans themselves, Foundation co-founders Lowell and Michael Milken understand the vital role athletic competition plays in developing character, building community and helping people overcome challenges.
The Foundation has made significant contributions to the design and construction of several athletic facilities in in the Los Angeles area, including the Milken Family Fitness Center at the Westside Jewish Community Center, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, and the Milken Community High School, which features first-class facilities and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.
Since the late 1980s, the Foundation has been a national sponsor of the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
The Association for the Cure of Cancer of the Prostate (CaP CURE), of which Michael Milken is founder, president and chairman, conducts an annual “Home Run Challenge”, collabaorating with Major League Baseball stars to raise funding for and awareness of prostate cancer research.
The Foundation has supported numerous other sports-related organizations and activities, including: the annual “Students Run L.A.”, (Los Angeles students participating in the L.A. Marathon), Southern California Special Olympics, Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (Ilan Centre), Hollenback Youth Center, New York Junior Tennis League, West Valley Eagles Track Club, Maccabi U.S.A (World Maccabiah Games and Maccabi Youth Games), the B.A.S.E.-H.I.T. Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Golden States Boys Basketball, Institute for International Sports, Los Angeles Sports Academy, and the athletic funds and baseball programs at UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania.