LOS ANGELES -- Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Dodgers Foundation (LADF) today released a virtual groundbreaking video in celebration of the two All-Star Legacy projects, the All-Star Dodgers Dreamfield and All-Star Teen Center at William Mead Homes in Chinatown. Located less than two miles from Dodger Stadium, William Mead Homes sits in a historic section of Los Angeles and is home to more than 400 low-income families. In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, this project will renovate an unplayable ballfield into a new Dodgers Dreamfield, a safe and state-of-the-art place to play for over 200 Boys & Girls Club members and nearly 3,500 youth in the surrounding community.
Earlier this year, Major League Baseball announced the cancellation of the 2020 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, which was scheduled to be hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the City of Los Angeles. The Dodgers will host the next available Midsummer Classic in 2022. Despite the postponement, Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Dodgers Foundation will honor their $1.7 million commitment to four All-Star Legacy projects. The William Mead Homes project is the first of the All-Star Legacy projects to be celebrated. Renovations include a complete field makeover, installation of fencing, windscreens, a brand-new scoreboard, backstop signage and much more. In addition to the field renovation, upgrades will also be made to the Club’s outdoor area creating a modern, engaging, and enjoyable space for teen members.
MLB, the Dodgers, and LADF commemorated the All-Star Legacy project at William Mead Homes with the release of a groundbreaking video featuring partners and sponsors including (in order of appearance):
· Nichol Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
· Tony Reagins, Chief Baseball Development Officer, Major League Baseball
· Stan Kasten, President & CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers
· Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Councilmember
· Douglas Guthrie, President & CEO, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
· JR Dzubak, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley and Eastside
· Nolan Ortiz, Director, Grants and Programs, LA84 Foundation
· Clayton Kershaw, Founder, Kershaw’s Challenge
· Kaylee Lares, Boys & Girls Club Member & Dodgers RBI Player
· Aremi Sanchez, Boys & Girls Club & Dodgers RBI Player
In addition to William Mead Homes, updates on the other All-Star Legacy projects will be shared later this year and will benefit the communities of South Los Angeles, Downtown Skid Row, and Lincoln Heights.
All-Star Dodgers Dreamfield Upgrades at Gilbert Lindsay Park (South Los Angeles) -- Located in South Los Angeles, the current Dodgers Dreamfield at Gilbert Lindsay Park, originally renovated in 2005, will receive significant upgrades to support programming, provide a safe and quality place for young women to play softball, and strengthen community engagement.
All-Star Dodgers Dreamfields at Lincoln Park (Lincoln Heights) -- This project will renovate the two existing ballfields to include field makeovers, new lights and fencing with windscreen, new bullpens, new solar scoreboards, dugout roofs and foul poles, and upgrades to the sprinkler/watering system.
All-Star Veterans Courtyard (Downtown Skid Row) -- In collaboration with veteran-led organization The Mission Continues, this effort will upgrade existing outdoor gathering space facilities in Skid Row/Downtown LA for veterans receiving day services and those in long-term housing on site.