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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The Los Angeles Dodgers were honored to receive the Disability Rights in Sports Award at a dinner on November 13 in Los Angeles. This award from the Disability Rights Legal Center recognizes the Dodgers for the recent improvements at Dodger Stadium. Transforming a 50 plus year old venue into a place that complies with ADA was a challenge but an important upgrade. The improved circulation, wider concourses, added ADA seating and accessible restrooms, have made Dodger Stadium more accommodating for all fans, especially those with physical challenges.
The award was presented by Joni Campanella-Roan the daughter of Roy Campanella and was accepted on behalf of the organization by Dodger Coach and former Dodger catcher, Steve Yeager. Also in attendance were Dodger alumni Tim Leary and Dennis Powell along with Dodger’s Senior Vice President of Planning & Development Janet-Marie Smith who was instrumental in renovations to the stadium.