Taking place from 1/13-1/15, our program is titled “Strong Minds, Healthy Bodies.” We are thrilled to be hosting 27 of our young men (listed below) at Dodger Stadium, as well as our minor league coordinators and managers.
The focus of our program is on developing stronger players and men through creating a family environment, developing a culture of trust and communication, and challenging them mentally. Though there is time for players to stay on their standard off-season routine, we are not presenting a physical showcase. Instead, we will feature 3 full days of guest speakers and thoughtful sessions on topics such as nutrition, sleep, and communication.
In Player Development, and throughout the Dodgers’ organization, we believe strongly in intellectual flexibility. We are asking all invitees to come prepared to question assumptions, ask the question why, and absorb new information. Additionally, communication is a fundamental requirement for our refreshed Dodger Way, and it should always be viewed as a two-way street. This program provides an opportunity for our players and staff to get to know each other and share ideas, philosophies, and beliefs.
We expect this program to be an engaging, educational addition to our off-season, and one that will aid in preparing us for a tremendous 2015 season.
Congratulations to Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez….
While I was the Chief Photographer at the Daily Trojan, I hired Randy to be a staff photographer in hope of beating the Daily Bruin in football. It didn’t work but I am glad I hired him as he was and is a really good photographer.
In 1991, I followed Orel Hershiser up to Bakersfield to photograph his rehab game and I took this photo of a young Pedro Martinez waving to the ladies in the grandstand.
It was great working with and photographing both of you Hall of Famers.
THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS, THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS FOUNDATION (LADF) AND LEVY RESTAURANTS PRESENT CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARTY TODAY WITH DODGER ALUMNI AND MORE THAN 400 LOCAL SCHOOLCHILDREN
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Levy Restaurants hosted more than 400 pre-selected schoolchildren from the community surrounding Dodger Stadium at their annual Children’s Holiday Party today from in Lot L and the Stadium Club. Dodger Alumni Al Downing, Al “The Bull” Ferrara, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Lee Lacy, Matt Luke, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas participated in this year’s Children’s Holiday Party along with Los Angeles Sparks Guard Candice Wiggins. This event is part of the club’s Season of Giving, a community-focused campaign that seeks to improve the lives of children in Los Angeles throughout December. The Dodgers have hosted the Children’s Holiday Party for Los Angeles area youngsters for more than 30 years.
“It is a privilege for the Dodgers to welcome the youngsters from our neighborhood annually to enjoy a day of lunch, holiday fun and gifts,” said Dodger Executive Vice President Bob Wolfe. “Each season we do our best to provide great entertainment on the field for our fans and during the holiday season it gives us great pleasure to be able to put smiles on the faces of these deserving youngsters.”
Participating neighborhood schools include Allesandro Elementary School, Ann Street Elementary School, Castelar Elementary School, Clifford Street School, Dorris Place Elementary School, Elysian Heights Elementary School, Logan Street School, Solano Avenue Elementary School and La Tijera Academy of Excellence Charter School, as well as children of military members from the Fort Irwin National Training Center. In addition, Ritter Elementary School, Dolores Huerta Elementary School, Sunrise Elementary School, Figueroa Street School and Clinton Middle School will attend tomorrow’s Children’s Holiday Party.
Dodger alumni Downing, Ferrara, Johnson, Lacy, Luke, Powell and Thomas will join the youngsters in playing games, serve lunch and distribute gifts. Special guest Santa Claus will also be on hand for photos and to distribute toys. A Blue Prints photo booth will be part of the event for children to take home holiday-themed photos. The Children’s Holiday Party will include snow elements courtesy of Artic Glacier Ice for the children to also enjoy.
Lunch will be provided to each student courtesy of Levy Restaurants and milk will be served courtesy of Driftwood Dairy. The schoolchildren will also receive a new pair of Skechers shoes. Skechers, a Los Angeles-based footwear brand has previously partnered with the Dodgers and LADF on several charitable events at both Dodger Stadium and in the local community. The Dodgers will also distribute toys to each youngster at the conclusion of tomorrow’s event courtesy of Mattel Children’s Foundation which has donated 500 toys.
Parties interested in making contributions in support of the Season of Giving and LADF programs can visitwww.dodgers.com\ladf. Nonprofit organizations who would like to request an in-kind holiday donation from the Dodgers should visit www.dodgers.com\donations.
The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 21 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic