Results tagged ‘ Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation ’

Connect more: Ethier’s ‘Dre Dayz’ supports nonprofits

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By Erin Edwards

Andre Ethier has been on the disabled list since the start of the 2016 season, but his philanthropic work in Los Angeles hasn’t stopped.

In addition to the support he provides to the Union Rescue Mission and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Ethier has partnered for the second year in a row to donate premium suites at eight Dodger Stadium games to nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles. Referred to as Suite Nights in 2015, the program was recently renamed Dre Dayz.

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Yasiel Puig keeps connecting with community

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Back in 2014, before his first full season in the big leagues, Yasiel Puig was part of the Los Angeles Dodgers Community Caravan that included the Dodgers Dreamfield Dedication of Jesse Owens Park and a clinic for boys and girls.

Fast forward to 2016, and a lot has changed. Puig is in his fourth MLB season, and those playing on the Dreamfield are now Dodgers RBI players. But much has also remained the same: Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation remain a constant in the community.

On June 23, Puig surprised 100 Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) players at the Dodgers Dreamfield at Jesse Owens Park. Just one day after being activated from the disabled list after to a hamstring injury, Puig led a baseball skills clinic and brought gifts from Nike.

“High five!” “That a boy!” “And two hands!” These phrases and more echoed from Puig’s booming voice. Many were impressed by his effective coaching skills. Puig wouldn’t move on to the next kid until he was sure the Dodgers RBI player got the fundamentals right. It was evident that he wanted to interact with each child.

“You can’t imagine how amazing this is for our kids to see a real Dodger at their park,” said Stan Brooks, founder and president of Hollywood Indies Little League. “It gives the community a sense of pride and purpose to see a real life hero of theirs, Yasiel Puig, at their park.”

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First things first at Dodgers RBI PlayerFest

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By Erin Edwards

There were a lot of firsts at the third annual Dodgers RBI PlayerFest.

For many, it was their first time at Dodger Stadium. Others got to go rock climbing for their first time. Some got the thrill of running around the bases at Dodger Stadium for their first time.

But for 15-year-old Miranda, it was her first time getting a pair of much needed eyeglasses. PlayerFest had varying impacts ranging from quality family time, team bonding, and even the gift of sight.

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Dodgers RBI tryouts a special experience

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By Erin Edwards

Cleats tied, bib numbers secured and excitement bubbling — it was time for Dodgers RBI tryouts!

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Second annual LADF Blue Diamond Gala on July 28 will honor Vin Scully, feature Fleetwood Mac

Vin Scully at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation inaugural Blue Diamond Gala on April 16, 2015.

Vin Scully at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation inaugural Blue Diamond Gala on April 16, 2015.

By Erin Edwards

How would you like to be seated in center field with your favorite Los Angeles Dodgers players, honoring the incomparable Vin Scully — and singing “Landside” with Fleetwood Mac? Does this sound like a dream?

Join us July 28 at Dodger Stadium for the second annual Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala, and all of your dreams will come true.

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Dodger Days thrill community kids

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By Erin Edwards

“Our true destiny is a world built from the bottom up by competent citizens living in solid communities, engaged in and by their places.” – David Orr

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Ethier’s presence felt in Dre Dayz

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By Erin Edwards

The Dodgers miss Andre Ethier on the field and at the plate, but his young fans continue to feel his presence.

Participants in MLB’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton were invited to the stadium May 25 as part of Ethier’s Dre Dayz, a program that provides underserved youth a ballpark experience they won’t soon forget.

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Dodgers, LADF celebrate Vision to Learn

A.J. Ellis meets students Thursday who have benefited from Vision to Learn. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

A.J. Ellis meets students Thursday who have benefited from Vision to Learn. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Erin Edwards

Dodger fans appreciate our players’ ability to see the ball when they are at the plate. With May recognized as Healthy Vision Month, it is a good time to emphasize the importance of eyesight.

One out of every four students in America have vision problems, and more than 250,000 kids in California do not have the eyeglasses they need. The significance of this is magnified by the realization that more than 80 percent of what students learn in the classroom is obtained visually.

Vision to Learn, a Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation partner of four years, is a key player in student success for many of our Los Angeles youth.  With the support of LADF, VTL provides free eye exams and eyeglasses to underserved students in Los Angeles.

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LADF 50/50 Raffle debuts tonight at Dodger Stadium

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By Erin Edwards

Dodger fans now have the chance to win big by participating in the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation’s inaugural 50/50 Raffle.

This charitable in-game raffle will be launched at Dodger Stadium tonight, continuing here all season, and the proceeds will benefit LADF’s programs and giving to local youth organizations.

During every Dodger home game, tickets will be sold by staff in gold shirts throughout Dodger Stadium. The winning raffle number will be selected during the seventh inning to determine the 50/50 Raffle jackpot winner. The winning raffle number will be displayed in stadium during the eighth inning.

For each and every raffle, half of the 50/50 Raffle jackpot will go to the selected winner, and the other half will go to LADF for its programs and to support youth organizations across Los Angeles.

Raffle tickets will be sold for cash only at three price points: three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. Fans can visit kiosks in the Left Field Plaza, Loge Level (behind sections 103/105) and Reserve Level (section 10). Sellers will also be roving throughout the concourse and Top Deck, Reserve, Club, Loge, Field and Pavilion seating areas.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation: Coaching coaches

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By Erin Edwards

A good coach can make all the difference for kids in sports. The role of a coach is vital in developing the child on and off the field, providing him or her with the support they need. Coaches give kids outlets and can be significant role models for kids.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation youth baseball and softball program, Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities), believes in providing support for all coaches. The majority of our coaches are parent and community volunteers simply wanting to help as much as they can.

With the LA84 Foundation’s sponsorship, LADF offers three coaching sessions per season. In each session, Positive Coaching Alliance leads discussions on the philosophy of coaching, while Coaching Simplified conducts a skills-and-drills session, pitching pointers and softball specific strategies.

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