(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: May 13th, Saturday, 2023 will go down history within the City of Inglewood’s Recreation & Parks Department, as well as the hundreds, and eventually the thousands of the City’s youth who will be the prime beneficiaries of, not one, but two refurbished, and newly designated Dodgers Dreamfields #59 and #60. The transformation was supported in large part by Dodgers most popular All-Star pitching ace and philanthropist, Clayton Kershaw, in tandem with the magnanimous Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).
Here is the description of the event that was issued for local media outlets covering the team and its much accomplished and proverbial community outreach events. Please also take a good look at their Video taken at the event.
DODGER PITCHER CLAYTON KERSHAW JOINS THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS FOUNDATION TO UNVEIL THE 59TH AND 60TH DODGER DREAMFIELDS, KERSHAW’S CHALLENGE FIELDS, AT EDWARD VINCENT JR. PARK ON SATURDAY, MAY 13th
NEW FIELDS WILL ADD TO THE SPORTS-BASED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND SAFE PLACES TO PLAY IN THE CITY OF INGLEWOOD
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), in partnership with the City of Inglewood, celebrated and revealed the completion of Dodgers Dreamfields #59 and #60 at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, located in the City of Inglewood, on Saturday, May 13th.
The morning event, took place from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and featured an unveiling ceremony, a clinic for Dodgers Dreamteam players, and a special appearance by Ellen Kershaw, spouse of Dodger pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, whose charity Kershaw’s Challenge, supported the development of the “Kershaw’s Challenge Fields” as part of its mission to transform at-risk children and neighborhoods through the kindness and impact of others.
The newly renovated fields will cater to children aged (5-12) and teenagers from the Dodgers Dreamteam and local high school softball teams, St. Mary’s Academy and Animo. Upgrades include a new playing surface and grass, enclosed fields and fencing, upgraded dugouts, upgraded irrigation systems, new pitchers’ mounds, bases, home plates, and LED scoreboards.
Funding for these two Dodger Dreamfields was provided by the City of Inglewood, Kershaw’s Challenge, Security Benefit, FundPlay/League Apps, Annenberg Foundation, NIKE, Delta Air Lines, LA84 Foundation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Helen & Will Webster Foundation, and the Norris Foundation. With the addition of Dodgers Dreamfields 59 and 60, four (4) Dodgers Dreamfields now exist in the City of Inglewood, serving the growing demand for baseball and softball in the area.
The main speakers in attendance at the celebration were: Nichol Whiteman, CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation; Ellen Kershaw, Clayton’s wife, and Mayor James T. Butts, City of Inglewood.
At 10:30 a special youth clinic was conducted for many of the Inglewood youth players, who represented local neighborhoods and the vicinities that surround Ed Vincent, Jr. Park. And in a very unique perspective on this special occasion, L.A. Dodgers Foundation (LADF), Manager, Grants & Initiatives, Breanna Orozco, who grew up playing at this Park, shared her role in supporting the refurbishment. Other attendees from the L.A. Dodgers Foundation included: Manny Aceves, Chief Program Officer; and Tiffany Rubin, Sr. Director, Programs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) builds Dodgers Dreamfields to give families in neighborhoods across Los Angeles safe havens and points of pride. The addition of revitalized baseball and softball fields contributes to existing green spaces, promotes physical activity, and increases opportunities for play in underserved communities.
To date, LADF has spent over $18.7 million building 60 Dodgers Dreamfields and has plans to complete an additional 17 fields to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles by 2033.