Vallarta Supermarkets and Coca-Cola are partnering with the Los Angeles Dodgers this summer to bring free health fairs to the community in Baldwin Park and select areas in the San Fernando Valley. Fair attendees will learn about the importance of calorie balance, moderation and physical activity. Fair participants will enjoy free Zumba classes, health screenings and information, healthy food demonstrations, Coca-Cola beverage samplings and interactive games.
On Sunday, June 16th, Dodger alumni Al “The Bull” Ferrara and Dodger Blue Crew engaged with fans at the Coca-Cola Health Fair at Vallarta Supermarket in Baldwin Park. The Los Angeles Dodgers will be on site at select supermarkets with family-friendly activities, prizes and Dodger alumni who will meet and sign autographs for fans.
The Dodgers recently piloted “Dodgers Mathletics”, a fun and engaging educational workbook for students to enhance and practice their math skills in the Dodgers’ Community of Schools. “Dodgers Mathletics” is an initiative from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation that promotes the importance of math to students in the 1st through 8th grades by offering a workbook filled with Dodger baseball related math exercises.
The Los Angeles Dodgers “Community of Schools” is a partnership effort that focuses on student achievement, health & wellness, recreation attending local schools and living in communities surrounding Dodger Stadium through educational programs, civic engagement, strategic partnerships and student incentives.
On Friday, Principals and Teachers from Allessandro Elementary School, Ann Elementary School, Castellar Elementary School, Clifford Elementary School, Dorris Place Elementary School, Logan Elementary School, Solano Elementary School and King Middle School joined with the Dodgers to debrief and provide further feedback on “Dodgers Mathletics”. Their participation helped us solicit the feedback that will strengthen this program and make it more appropriate and vital to students and math curriculum for the next school year.
On June 8, the Los Angeles Dodgers participated in the Stephanie’s Day, an autism resource fair at the CBS Studios. Stephanie’s Day provides families with children impacted by autism and other special needs one place to gather valuable information on programs and services for special needs and fun family activities including trying out their throwing skills in the Dodgers pitching inflatable. Dodgers Blue Crew, Community Relations and Group Sales representatives were on hand to show their support and to promote Autism Awareness Day at Dodger Stadium coming up on August 14. For more information, visit dodgers.com/autismspeaks or for groups of 30 or more call Emily Nuckols at the Dodgers at 323-224-2642.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will hold two baseball camps this summer, June 25-28 and August 9, 12-14. Camp will feature daily instruction by members of the Dodgers Major League coaching staff and Dodger Alumni with special guest appearances by current Dodger players. Campers will learn about hitting, fielding, base running, throwing and pitching drills as well as team play, sportsmanship and conditioning. Enrollment is open to boys and girls, ages 7-12 as of the start date of camp session. All proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. The June session is sold out but availability remains for the August session. Visit http://www.dodgers.com/camp for more details.
In May 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation launched a new program, Dodgers Mathletics, a fun and engaging educational workbook for students to enhance and practice their math skills. Dodgers Mathletics promotes the importance of math to students in the first through eighth grade by offering a workbook filled with Dodger baseball related math exercises. The program consists of three different workbooks geared towards 1st-2nd, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grades. This program is free to all schools. In its first year, ten schools located in the nearby Dodger community participated. Students who completed the workbook correctly received two ticket vouchers to a Dodger home game.
2013 Dodgers Mathletics Community of Schools:
• Allesandro Elementary School
• Ann Street Elementary School
• Castellar Elementary School
• Clifford Street Elementary School
• Dorris Place Elementary School
• Logan Street Elementary School
• Solano Avenue Elementary School
• Washington Irving Middle School
• Nightingale Middle School
• Thomas Starr King Middle School
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has partnered with Vision To Learn, a non-profit organization which provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to elementary school students in low-income communities throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Vision To Learn coordinates with local schools and sends out optometrists and opticians to conduct free eye exams and fit children for free eyeglasses. Because the students pick out their own frames, it’s a fun experience for them. Kids can’t wait to receive their new glasses! Two weeks after the examination, Vision To Learn delivers kids’ free eyeglasses to their school.
On May 13th, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Vision To Learn kicked off the program with a visit to Dorris Place Elementary School were Dodger Catcher A.J. Ellis and Dodger Pitcher Brandon League handed out new eyeglasses to students at their school. As part of the partnership A.J. Ellis and Brandon League filmed a public service announcement about Vision To Learn and where featured on a Vision To Learn mobile eye exam vehicle that visits schools throughout Los Angeles.
The Dodgers coordinated a wish fulfillment with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 14 year old Michael Douglas from Wellsville, KS. Michael has lung disease and is primarily in a wheelchair, on oxygen and a feeding tube. Michael’s wish was to be a Dodger for day, watch batting practice and meet the players. The Dodgers provided Michael with a behind the scenes look at the clubhouse, training room and watching batting practice up close and personal. Michael was named an honorary Dodger and was given a locker and a uniform.
In honor of Memorial Day, the Dodgers joined all 30 clubs in wearing specially designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design licensed from the United States Marine Corps.
American hero Dr. Buzz Aldrin threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Aldrin secured his place in history as one of the first men along with Neil Armstrong to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. A graduate of West Point and a MIT doctorate, Aldrin was also a fighter pilot in the Korean War with 66 combat missions. As a military veteran he is passionate helping veterans. Aldrin signed copies of his book “Mission to Mars” until the end of the third inning at the Top of the Park store.
The Dodgers joined MLB in conducting a moment of silence prior to the game on Memorial Day to honor members of the military who lost their lives serving our country. The Memorial Day effort is part of MLB’s ongoing recognition of veterans, active military and military families.
A special message from General Martin Dempsey Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff coming from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan led off pregame ceremonies. The Dodgers welcomed 50 members of the Wounded Warriors who paraded the warning track coming through center field. Founded in 2003, the Wounded Warrior project’s mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors and raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
As part of MLB’s Tribute for Heroes initiative in which veterans have been nominated to represent all 30 clubs at this year’s All-star Game at Citifield on July 16, pitcher Clayton Kershaw presented a flag that will be framed and presented to the Dodgers’ Tribute for Heroes representative in New York. Starting June 9, fans can vote for the Dodgers’ hero representative by visiting http://www.tributeforheroes.com.
Uniformed members of each branch of the military along with USO Captains unfurled a giant American flag in center field.
Pros vs. GI Joe, a charitable organization started by retired military members Greg and Addie Zinone that provides scholarships to wounded warriors coordinated with a live feed with the US military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan for an all-stadium “Salute to the Troops.” Pro vs. GI Joe connects troops serving all over the world with professional athletes and celebrities in online and in-person game competitions.
In recognition for the sacrifice they make, several active troops joined the Dodger starters as they took the field to begin the game.
On May 27th and May 28th, the Dodgers teamed up with Metrolink to promote the special Orange County Line train service (select Orange County train stations beginning in Oceanside) to LA Union Station and back so baseball fans could attend the Dodgers vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium. As part of this “Rail Series” promotion, the Dodgers in conjunction with Metrolink, Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) and the City of Fullerton hosted a Dodger Rally at the Fullerton Train Depot on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th from 2:00pm-3:15pm. The Dodgers activated its Dodger Blue Crew and engaged fans in fun activities including “Spin the Wheel”, “Pitching Inflatable” and “Autograph Session” with Dodger Alumni Kenny Landreaux. Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda was also on hand to greet and take photos with the 300 fans who participated in this event. Other attendees at the event were Mike DePallo, CEO of Metrolink; Bruce Whitaker, Mayor of Fullerton; and Jennifer Fitzgerald, Fullerton City Councilmember.
All-Star Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and his wife Betsy are partnering with various non-profit organizations to host families on Viva Los Dodgers Days each Sunday home game during the season. “Adrian Gonzalez’s Viva Los Dodgers Days” provides all-inclusive tickets and parking and access to Viva Los Dodgers and access to Kids Run the Bases for families in greater Los Angeles.