LOS ANGELES, CA- Fifteen years in the making, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) officially unveiled the 50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center. Dodger superstars Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Dodger President, and CEO Stan Kasten, LADF Executive Director Nichol Whiteman and other officials highlighted the morning’s events.
Emceed by Whiteman and Dodger broadcaster Alanna Rizzo, the ceremony kicked off with opening words from Dave Roberts. “It feels like an especially exciting gameday for us as we celebrate the 50th Dodgers Dreamfield,” he said. “There were so many people involved in making this day happen.”
Efforts and support of over $10 million have enabled over 300,000 young angelenos to enjoy baseball and softball on state-of-the-art fields across the city. “Neighborhoods have been changed forever by structures that signify community, opportunity, access, pride and dreams,” legendary voice of the Dodgers Vin Scully said via video message. Each Dodger Dreamfield receives a complete renovation, from dugout and backstop upgrades to a new scoreboard and signage.
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Yasiel Puig’s Wildhorse Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Bruce P. Rubenstein Family, Tyler Development Corporation, Clayton and Ellen Kershaw and LA84 Foundation all contributed to the $300,000 50th Dreamfield project.
“Ellen and I are so honored to be a part of LADF’s 50th Dodgers Dreamfield,” Clayton Kershaw said. LA84 Foundation President and CEO Renata Simril added, “In a world where there is too much ‘photo-op philanthropy,’ the Dodgers Foundation produces real and sustaining positive community impact.”
To conclude the ceremony, LADF announced the extension of their initial commitment of 50 fields by the investment of another $10 million. 75 total fields will have been constructed by 2033, the historic 75th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. LADF President of the Board Nicholas Sandler said, “The bright young people who we serve know they can achieve anything thanks to the lessons learned playing on a Dodgers Dreamfield.”
Blake Atwell is a multimedia journalist and sophomore at Santa Monica College.