(East Los Angeles, CA) December 17, 2021 [From The Editor’s Desk]: The 2021 Christmas Holiday season has arrived in earnest and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) once again played a very positive role, and took another gigantic leadership step in showing their community awareness and responsiveness.
This time their “Hall of Fame” Radio Announcer (En Español), Jaime Jarrín, joined in this momentous occasion as they gathered in a special “Groundbreaking Ceremony” for the City of Maywood, CA and its Maywood Park. This civic project will become the Dodgers Dreamfield #58.
With deep appreciation, a huge “Thank You” could be heard that resounded from those fans who reside in the bustling suburban City of Maywood, CA and its neighboring communities.
JAIME JARRÍN JOINS DODGERS FOUNDATION FOR DODGERS DREAMFIELD GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT MAYWOOD PARK
City of Maywood and YMCA Lead Partners on 58th Dodgers Dreamfield and Training Zone
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), in partnership with the City of Maywood and the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony, on Wednesday 12/15, at Maywood Park to “kick off” construction on the latest Dodgers Dreamfields project. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín joined the ceremony and son, Jorge Jarrín, served as emcee. High school students from Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MACES), were in attendance to celebrate the news.
This $657,000 transformative project in Southeast Los Angeles includes refurbishing one field and developing a new training zone for the community. Crucial refurbishments at Maywood Park will include new playing surfaces and grass, an enclosed field, upgraded dugouts, refurbished bleachers, upgraded irrigation systems, new pitcher’s mounds, bullpens, and a LED scoreboard resembling Dodger Stadium. A training zone will also be constructed to support baseball and softball player development for youth in the area. Additional upgrades totaling $750,000 will be conducted by the City of Maywood including restrooms, lighting, bleachers, and shade structures.
Additional project sponsors included: Security Benefit, LA84 Foundation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Don and Lorraine Freeberg Foundation, and the City of Vernon.
Groundbreaking attendees were: Jaime Jarrín, Dodger Hall of Fame Broadcaster; Nichol Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation; Jorge Jarrín (Emcee), Jaime and Blanca Jarrín Foundation; Mayor Ricardo Lara, City of Maywood; Gerry Salcedo, Executive Director Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA, YMCA of Metropolitan LA; Renata Simril, President & CEO, LA84 Foundation; Mark Turner, Senior Vice President, Security Benefit; Mayor Melissa Ybarra, City of Vernon; and Alberto Jasso, Strategic Philanthropy Manager, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The event began at 10:00 a.m. with the Program and Shovel Ceremony. For public future references, Maywood Park is located at 4801 E. 58th Street, Maywood, CA 90270
(Background Information): The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) builds and refurbishes baseball and softball fields in underserved communities through the Dodgers Dreamfields program, which provides families across Los Angeles with safe havens and points of pride in their own neighborhoods. Dodgers Dreamfields are game-changers, revitalizing green spaces to help re-energize the community’s involvement in baseball and softball, while boosting the safety of local parks and providing a place where neighbors can gather, exercise and play. Since 2003, LADF has refurbished 57 Dodgers Dreamfields and provided more than 428,000 kids access to playable baseball and softball fields.
[About the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation]: The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is bigger than baseball with ambitions to be the city’s premier charity. We envision a city where everyone regardless of zip code has the opportunity to thrive. We are tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Since 1995, we have invested more than $32 million in programs and grants to nonprofits, and fundraising has increased by 1,000% since 2012. That growth has enabled us to do more.
In 2020, LADF was awarded ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, Beyond Sport’s Sport for Reduced Racial Inequalities Collective Impact Award, and the Aspen Institute Project Play Champion. To learn more, visit www.dodgers.com/LADF, follow them on Twitter, @DodgersFdn, Instagram, @dodgersfoundation, and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation.
[City of Maywood]: The City of Maywood is a stable and mature working class community; which was incorporated in 1924. It is conveniently located 6 miles from downtown Los Angeles and is 1.14 square miles with a population of approximately 27,670. The City Council prioritizes the health and safety of its community; this is possible through grants and partnerships with various non-profits. Throughout the last few years the City Council has established solid financial policies and strong management practices. The City is a contract City and contracts with Los Angeles County for police and certain maintenance services.
[About the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles]: The YMCA-LA is committed to rebuilding communities by providing equitable programs and services to empower all Angelenos. The Y-LA is focused on fighting food insecurity, providing equity in education, making sure every child has the opportunity to experience the joy of sports, ensuring kids and teens have a safe place to grow, learn and live a healthy lifestyle. The LA-Y’s health and wellness initiatives offer medical and mental health resources to ensure everyone has access to basic health needs. During the pandemic, the LA-Y became the safety net for millions of Angelenos. They provided millions of meals, hundreds of thousands hours of free child care, arranged critical blood drives, provided showers for the homeless, flu and COVID vaccines as well as medical and mental health assistance. Visit ymcala.org for more information.