“The difference between the impossible and the possible, lies in a person’s determination.”
So often when we are cheering on our hometown team in sports we forget the amazing philanthropic work that almost all sports organizations do for their communities. Since today is the first day of the World Series and being a LA girl, I thought it only fitting to see what those Dodgers are doing around town to make our city and world better.
While the Dodgers have been supporting the city and hundreds of causes since they first came to Los Angeles, in 1995 they created The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Their goal, to focus on underserved youth and more specifically; sports, recreation, education, health and literacy.
Since 1995, the team and foundation have been busy supporting these incredible organizations:
Vision to learn Serves low-income youth with glasses and eye exams
SPARK LA Serves at risk youth
Summer Night Lights Provides community events to prevent gang violence and build community.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Provides scholarship and literacy for low-income students
City Year LA Enriches education for high poverty areas of Los Angeles
LA Reads Supports 13 organizations to encourage reading and literacy
If that wasn’t enough, the Dodgers have built over 47 baseball fields in Los Angeles spending over $7.3 million dollars. More than that, the Dodgers have provided over 7,800 children (that is a whole lot of kids…) aged 5-18 with baseball uniforms and equipment. So tonight when you turn on that game, regardless of your team, you have something really amazing to cheer for…a true home run!