Dodgers show out for Betts' charity bowling event

February 4th, 2024

LOS ANGELES – When Mookie Betts signed a historic 12-year extension with the Dodgers prior to the 2020 season, the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player knew he would be hitting atop the Los Angeles lineup for more than a decade.

On the field, Betts knew exactly what he would bring to the table. Off the field, however, he and his wife, Brianna, also knew the importance of embracing Los Angeles and giving back to their new community.

Over the last two years, the Bettses have held numerous events around Los Angeles and have started the 50/50 Foundation. On Saturday, Betts hosted celebrities and most of his Dodgers teammates at Lucky Strike in Downtown L.A. for a night of bowling and raising money for a good cause.

Mookie and Brianna Betts teamed up with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and all the proceeds of the event went towards continued support of Brotherhood Crusade as part of “50 Feeds LA” and field improvements at Jackie Robinson’s alma mater, Pasadena’s John Muir High School, which will include dugout renovations and outfield widescreens, among other things.

“We’re gathering here for one of our big initiatives,” said Brianna. “To help with our initiatives this year, we are fundraising for that. We have four initiatives this year. We’re giving back to four LAUSD schools to partner and give away equipment and any batting or softball equipment.”

The event started with a red carpet, which saw most of Betts’ Dodgers’ teammates arrive with their significant others. Bobby Miller, Tyler Glasnow, Brusdar Graterol, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Gavin Lux were among the attendees. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was also in attendance.

“We’re looking forward to a lot of fun bowling, obviously,” Betts said before the second annual event. “Just having a good time and really just having a good time with a lot of good people.”

As expected, most people in attendance were eager to watch Betts, who has a few perfect games under his belt, bowl. Graterol was also a popular pick as to someone who would be a good bowler. NBA All-Star Paul Pierce was also at the event and called his shot, drilling a strike after he predicted it.

Overall, the bowling event was a culmination of a busy weekend for Betts and the 50/50 Foundation, who also hosted a dinner at Dodger Stadium Friday night.