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Dodgers to begin 'Love LA' tour on Monday

Players, coaches and employees scheduled to participate in outreach program
MLB.com @kengurnick

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' weeklong "Love L.A." Community Tour, presented by Bank of America, is set to begin Monday.

Players -- including Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig -- coaches, alumni and employees, as well as Bank of America volunteers, will participate in the community outreach program.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' weeklong "Love L.A." Community Tour, presented by Bank of America, is set to begin Monday.

Players -- including Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig -- coaches, alumni and employees, as well as Bank of America volunteers, will participate in the community outreach program.

Scheduled to join Kershaw and Puig will be Pedro Baez, Austin Barnes, Brandon Beachy, Jharel Cotton, Andre Ethier, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Hatcher, Kiké Hernandez, Micah Johnson, Zach Lee, Adam Liberatore, Frankie Montas, Joc Pederson, Josh Ravin, Ross Stripling, Trayce Thompson, Justin Turner, Scott Van Slyke and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Hall of Fame manager and special advisor Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers alumni Billy Ashley, Ron Cey, Tommy Davis, Al Ferrara, Steve Garvey, Eric Karros, Lee Lacy, Matt Luke, Kenny Landreaux, Tim Leary, Wes Parker, Dennis Powell, Derrel Thomas and Maury Wills will also participate. Dodgers broadcasters Orel Hershiser, Alanna Rizzo and Jorge Jarrín will also join the group this week.

Dodgers making a difference in the community

On Monday, the tour will visit Gratts Learning Academy for Young Scholars in Los Angeles. There will be a mentoring lunch for students from New Village Girls Academy at Dodger Stadium that includes philanthropist and entrepreneur Cookie Johnson, wife of club partner Magic Johnson, and CEO Stan Kasten.

On Tuesday, the tour will visit the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, who will recognize Roberts for being the club's first minority manager. Also Tuesday, there will be a visit at John Muir High School in Pasadena, a field maintenance clinic at Dodger Stadium and the day concludes with a Puig play date at the Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center in the Pico-Union area.

On Wednesday, the tour visits San Bernardino, where the Dodgers will host 400 members of law enforcement agencies and families impacted by the tragic Dec. 2 shooting. Also on Wednesday, the tour visits OPCC in Santa Monica, where the group will prepare and serve lunch to a group of 45 homeless currently in transitional housing.

On Thursday, the tour focuses on random acts of kindness. Hernandez, Pederson, Turner and Puig will surprise downtown L.A. citizens with free lunches, and they will distribute Dodger dogs courtesy of Farmer John from the Time Warner Cable truck.

On Friday, 18 players and their wives will attend a special recognition at Los Angeles City Hall, followed by a luncheon with the Wounded Warriors Project and combat-injured service members. Also Friday, a group of players and volunteers will join students at the North Valley Military Institute.

All Dodgers, alumni and broadcasters will conclude Friday's tour at A Place Called Home in south Los Angeles, where they will interact with children in their after-school activities.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com.

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