The Inner-City Games was founded by Daniel L. Hernandez, under the umbrella
of the Hollenbeck Youth Center in 1991, as a means to service the local East
Los Angeles area youth. In 1992, as a result of the Los Angeles riots, Hernandez saw a need to expand it to an annual citywide sports and academic competition. This, in turn, would allow tens of thousands of inner-city youth to participate in something positive, building self-confidence, self-reliance and camaraderie.

The Games offer a variety of sports competitions in basketball, swimming,
boxing, softball and running, as well as academic achievement through art and essay contests and scholarships. In the Los Angeles area alone, over 40,000
youth participate each year, making friends, learning sportsmanship and
being mentored.

After 16 years, the games have now expanded to 15 cities across the United States and have gathered more than one million participants. We have also
been privileged to have Arnold Schwarzenegger join us as the Games Executive Commissioner since its inception. In addition to Schwarzenegger, other
celebrities and VIPS have shown their support of the Games and their much needed services such as Tom Arnold, Danny Glover, Cardinal Roger Mahony,
Jay Leno, Muhammad Ali, Dax Shepard, Maria Shriver, Oscar De La Hoya and many more.

Inner-City Activities