On the day he originally signed with the Dodgers in February 2014, Justin Turner’s name was not mentioned until the fifth paragraph of a news story covering the day’s transactions, noting that as a non-roster invitee to big league camp he provided “a little second baseman insurance.” Nearly a decade later, Justin and his wife, Kourtney, have provided infinitely more, not only to the Dodgers, but to the entire Los Angeles community.
During his time in Los Angeles, the native Angeleno has become ingrained in the community, giving his time, energy and financial support to a variety of charitable efforts including the Justin Turner Foundation (JTF), which he founded in 2016 with Kourtney. The Foundation’s official mission is to support homeless veterans, children (and their families) battling life-altering illnesses and diseases, and various youth baseball organizations, though that encompasses only a fraction of the Turners’ impact and dedication to serving the community.
Justin and Kourtney have provided life-changing support for hundreds of Angelenos who depend on the resources of The Dream Center, which is located only a few blocks from Dodger Stadium, and focuses on providing support to those affected by homelessness, hunger and the lack of education through residential and community outreach programs. Justin has been instrumental in the Dream Center’s programming for veterans and helped support the opening of their Women Veterans Program in 2018. JTF also recently donated $100,000 to the Dream Center to cover the annual budget of its Foster Care Intervention program, which provides essential resources for families throughout Los Angeles. JTF partnered with the Dream Center throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to assist with its drive-thru and walk-up food and essentials line, which not only provided 900,000 meals during the 82-day effort but also supported small businesses with the bulk orders placed by the Turners at local restaurants for the meal service. As a permanent sign of their incredible support and involvement with the Dream Center, its food bank was renamed The Justin & Kourtney Turner Food Bank in 2021 and currently supplies food for more than 60 local food banks.
With the All-Star Game taking center stage in Los Angeles this summer, Justin was right in the middle of it all, helping to renovate the main community room and dining area at the T-house, one of the All-Star Legacy projects by MLB and the Dodgers. In addition, the JTF’s All-Star bingo tournament on the Saturday prior to the All-Star Game helped raise more than $25,000.
The Turners have been a dream come true for youth, providing more than 70,000 toys and 14,000 bicycles to children throughout Los Angeles. In 2022, Justin donated his cleats to the patients at CHLA, where he now sits on the board of directors. As part of his ongoing support, Justin and Kourtney reside on CHLA’s spotlight wall and have committed more than $100,000 to the hospital. Justin and Kourtney have served as honorary hosts for their Walk and Play LA event, helping to raise critical funds for the hospital, and have also put on a Winter Wonderland at CHLA for kids that are unable to be home for the holidays, creating a festive carnival for hundreds of patients. The Turners also make frequent visits to patients at Cedars Sinai Hospital and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital throughout the year and serve on the board of UCLA Health’s Operation Mend, which provides healthcare and social support for wounded warriors and their families. Additionally, Justin supported distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic by dropping in on virtual classes to help motivate students and also by donating laptops and tablets to students at Sierra Vista Middle School in Covina. He and Kourtney also helped renovate the Teen Center at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in East Los Angeles.
It doesn’t stop there with the kiddos, as Justin makes it a priority to send “get well” videos to dozens and dozens of children struggling with their health throughout the country. The Turners also sponsor “fan love” on their social accounts, which helps Dodgers fans upgrade their seats at the ballpark.
To help raise funds and awareness for the challenges faced by homeless veterans, the Justin Turner Foundation holds an annual golf classic and champions AM 570’s Veterans Day Radio-a-thon, both of which support the Dream Center’s Veterans Program. In 2022, the golf tournament raised more than $650,000 for the Dream Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. JTF has also taken on the running passion of Kourtney. This year, Justin was the LA Marathon race starter ambassador, helping to raise more than $70,000. Justin also created a Military Monday program prior to the 2019 season where, through social media, he solicits nominations and then selects a military family to receive an all-inclusive gameday experience each Monday home game.
It can be a near impossibility to stand out among Los Angeles’ 4 million residents, which include some of the most recognizable names and personalities in The Entertainment Capital of the World. All of which makes it even more noteworthy that the Los Angeles City Council unanimously declared it Justin Turner Day on Jan. 22, 2019. The honor wasn’t for bringing home the City’s first world championship in 32 years. It wasn’t for his two All-Star appearances or for being the Dodgers’ inspirational clubhouse leader. It was because Justin Turner has proven to be an incredible source of “insurance” for the City of Los Angeles -- always there and willing to help the community whenever and wherever he is needed to lend a hand.