The difference between the impossible and the possible, lies in a person’s determination.”

Tommy Lasorda

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:

photo via: LA Dodgers

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!

Go Blue!

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4 Comments

  1. Dave R. Rodriguez Reply

    I’ve been a San Francis Giants fan since 1962, but I’m rooting for the Dodgers to bring that WS trophy to the fine people of Southern California…and I will begin supporting The Jackie Robinson Foundation. Go Dodgers!

    • charitymatters Reply

      Thank you Dave for your kind words and for supporting an amazing cause! More than that, thank you for showing us through action that Charity Matters.

      With gratitude,

      Heidi

  2. Catherine Sanders Reply

    Go Dodgers! I see them at other events as well – they give to way more than just these organizations – for example Orthopaedic Foundation – for kids too!

    • charitymatters Reply

      Catherine,
      I couldn’t agree more. When I started Spiritual Care The Dodgers came to our first event along with the Angels. Thanks for sharing!

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