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Dodgers and Dodgers Foundation celebrate World Series with community engagement and events

October 22, 2020

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will continue their commitment to the local community with events and activations in celebration of the World Series. “The World Series provides us a platform to continue to engage with the community while saluting our Dodger players

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will continue their commitment to the local community with events and activations in celebration of the World Series.

“The World Series provides us a platform to continue to engage with the community while saluting our Dodger players who have overcome their own set of adverse circumstances this season to bring joy to fans everywhere,” said Naomi Rodriguez, Dodger Vice President of External Affairs & Community Relations. “2020 has been a challenging year, and the Dodgers have responded to community needs by creating the county’s largest Covid testing center, hosting a Vote Center and aggressively using our resources for a coordinated Covid relief effort.”

“The pandemic has caused a tremendous amount of physical, emotional, and economic devastation throughout our great city,” said Nichol Whiteman, CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. “The World Series provides a much needed glimpse of hope—one that allows us to celebrate by giving back to those who need support the most.”

Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Dodgers RBI will continue its Virtual Coaches Training presented by Nike “Coaching Girls” series. The second of four workshops is themed “Let Her Compete” and will be highlighted by Kim Ng, former Dodger executive and current Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball. In 2015, Kim was ranked #5 on the “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list by Forbes Magazine. The Coaches Training panel will also include We Coach trainer Claire Perry and Marti Reed of Positive Coaching Alliance discussing the myth that girls don’t want to compete and how girls are motivated by coaches who can both create meaningful relationships and challenge them to improve and compete.

Friday, Oct. 23, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.: The Dodgers will donate 150 team-branded Franklin bat and ball sets to youth at the Dream Center as part of MLB’s PLAY BALL initiative. The bat and ball sets are being given to youth who participate in the Dream Centers’ Restart Learning Center, which was developed in response to home learning and children in the community having limited to no access to internet and computers. The Restart Learning Center is also receiving four playhouses built by Dodger front office employees to create an on-site play area for the students.

This year, MLB is encouraging fans to stay safe and “Play Ball at Home” through interactive resources available at playball.org. The Dream Center serves as a resource center focused on providing support to those affected by homelessness, hunger, and the lack of education through residential and community outreach programs.

Friday, Oct. 23, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: The Dodgers will partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to host a virtual event with Dodgers’ co-1981 World Series Most Valuable Players Ron Cey and Steve Yeager. The event is part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Major League Memories program where retired baseball players visit senior living communities (virtually in this case) to help lead a memory enrichment program that consists of a variety of baseball-themed activities including reviewing baseball memorabilia and famous radio clips along with fun trivia questions to help trigger the senior’s memories.

Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25: The Dodgers Foundation continues its third weekend of development trainings for 85 Black high school-age youth at the Dodgers Training Academy. The free training scholarships were a result of a special Negro Leagues anniversary game-used jersey auction held in August in an effort to promote the game in underrepresented communities where youth, particularly Black youth, can see themselves in the faces of players on a global stage.

Monday, Oct. 26, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: The Dodgers and Dodgers Foundation will host a bilingual (English and Spanish) LA Reads Together event with students and families from KIPP Promesa Prep featuring former Dodger player and coach Manny Mota. The event will include a reading of the book “Islandborn” by Dominican-American author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz and will focus on creating community and encouraging youth to read 30 minutes a day.

The 2020 season of LA Reads’ Dodgers Reading Champions runs through October 31.

On-going: Fans can continue to support LADF by signing up for the annual Biofreeze Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Run presented by UCLA Health, which shifts to a virtual experience this year. Virtual race week begins on Sunday, Nov. 8. Registration is available at Dodgers.com/Run and all runners will receive a limited-edition Walker Buehler run bobblehead, Dodgers ’20 tech shirt and a finisher’s medal. Fans can now save $10 with special code WORLDSERIES!

The Dodgers Foundation is also encouraging fans to “Purchase for a Purpose” during the World Series with its online memorabilia sales on Dodgers.com/auctions. By viewing the Buy Now section, fans can choose autographed jerseys, balls and photos as well as game-used gear from all the fan-favorite Dodger players. Net proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation as they tackle the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness, and social justice for all Angelenos.