Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti was on hand for the LA Rotary’s Angel City Toy Giveaway at Algin Sutton Recreation Center which is also the sight of a Dodgers Dreamfield. Colletti has donated his time for several years to help hand out toys and gifts to children at this holiday event. The Dodgers have donated blankets and other items in the past and this year provided backpacks, T-shirts and hats.
For a second consecutive year Adrian Gonzalez purchased and donated more than 3,500 toys for children in the East Los Angeles community. Gonzalez attended the East L.A. On Ice Winter Wonderland to personally help children choose their toy. Gonzalez joined Supervisor Gloria Molina on stage to greet attendees and take pictures on the ice rink before handing out toys. Other attractions at the event included a visit from Santa Claus, piles of real snow for winter play, face-painting, magicians, holiday train rides, carolers, food vendors with holiday antojitos (tasty treats), arts-and-crafts and music provided by a DJ.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation dedicated its 31st Dodgers Dreamfield at Roy Campanella Park. The Dreamfield dedication consisted of a brief program emceed by Dodger Broadcaster Jorge Jarrín followed by a one-hour long youth baseball clinic led by Dodger alumni Derrel Thomas, Dennis Powell, Wes Parker and “Sweet” Lou Johnson. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment provided each youngster with The Sandlot 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo and T-shirt.
“Our family is honored that our father’s legacy will continue to live on through the park by providing inner city youth a place to play baseball. Dad always said to the play the game you have to have a little kid in you,” said Joni Campanella Roan. “He would be thrilled to know the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has revitalized this park to become a Dodgers Dreamfield where kids can come to play, have fun, learn sportsmanship, teamwork and develop his love for baseball.”
Roy Campanella Park’s field includes newly restored backstop and fencing, newly painted posts and rails, new dugout roofs and outfield fence, a renovated infield surface with laser grading and new infield mix, new bases, amended infield and outfield radius to establish a uniform perimeter edge, laser grade and prep outfield for new sod, a renovated irrigation system and new solar scoreboard and signage.
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On November 18, Yasiel Puig brought 50 little leaguers from Northeast Little League to Dodger Stadium for a clinic. They practiced on the field with Puig as the pitcher. Following the game they toured the clubhouse and the locker room followed by some hitting lessons in the batthing cage. The night was capped off with Dodger dogs in the Dugout Club. This group of players was the same group that he surprised by visiting them last month at their Little League field.
As part of their 30th Anniversary year-long celebration, Franklin Sports, brought 25 contest winners and guests to Dodger Stadium on July 26 for a “Learn from a Pro Batting Clinic.” Catcher AJ Ellis and assistant hitting coach John Valentin talked about different batting stances, how to hit the ball strategically, how players hold a bat differently and their approach to hitting.
The Dodgers hosted three youth baseball clinics during the All-Star Break for more than 300 youth. The clinics took place at three Dodgers Dreamfields – Pecan Recreation Center (July 16), Algin Sutton Recreation Center (July 17) and Montecito Heights Recreation Center (July 18). The clinics were conducted by Dodger Alumni and included instruction in fundamentals of hitting, pitching, baserunning and fielding.