Founded in 1998, the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF) was created to provide educational, athletic and recreational opportunities for the youth of the Greater Los Angeles community. The Foundation places special emphasis on helping traditionally under-served youth.
The Dodgers Dream Foundation Community Diamond is divided into Four Bases:
1ST BASE: YOUTH SPORTS & RECREATION
Through their Youth Sports and Recreation initiative, the Dodgers Dream Foundation has established the Dodgers Dreamfields program, among other things, a partnership between the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, local city officials and corporate and non-profit partners, including the LA84 Foundation, which has built or refurbished fifteen baseball and softball fields throughout Los Angeles. The Dodgers Dream Foundation has completed 20 Dodgers Dreamfields at the following sites: Bishop Canyon Recreation Center, Cheviot Hills Park, Montecito Recreation Center, Algin Sutton Recreation Center, Wrigley Field, Seoul International Park, Evergreen Recreation Center, Culver Marina Little League, Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, Northridge Recreation Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, Pecan Recreation Center, Lemon Grove Recreation Center, Pan Pacific Park, Valley Plaza Park, Mona Park, Ritchie Valens Recreation Center (two fields), Toberman Recreation Center and Normandie Recreation Center. Upcoming Dreamfields include Harbor City Recreation Center, Lennox Park, Athens Park (two fields) and in Oro Valley, Arizona in memory of Christina-Taylor Green.
2ND BASE: LITERACY & EDUCATION
The DDF also supports education through a number of programs including the Team 42 scholarship program, and the Team Think Blue program. The Team 42 scholarship program is a $1 million commitment that annually awards 42 college scholarships to minority students selected by the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The Team Think Blue Program, a partnership between the Dodgers, Dodgers Dream Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and the Los Angeles Times in Education, helps students throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Orange counties improve their literacy and language arts while encouraging the development of a healthy and active lifestyle.
3RD BASE: HEALTH
The Dodgers Dream Foundation supports a number of non-profit organizations that focus on different health issues, among them genetics, autism, juvenile diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.
HOME PLATE: ENVIRONMENT
At home, the Dodgers Dream Foundation focuses on programs to improve the environment. We “Think Blue but, Act Green.” As part of this the DDF will be installing solar-powered scoreboards at many of our future Dodgers Dreamfields.
The DDF raises funds through a number of fundraising programs including the Dodgers Dream Foundation Message Board, Community Wall of Fame and Silent Auctions. The DDF also hosts many fundraising events including the annual Charity Golf Invitational and Bowling Extravaganza and receives contributions throughout the year from various individuals and corporate entities. If you would like to support the Dodgers Dream Foundation please call 323-224-1413.
For more information on their charity, visit the official Los Angeles Dodgers website.
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