Dodgers announce plans for 2016 community tour: Dodgers Love L.A.
Starting on Monday, the Dodgers are serving the greater Los Angeles community with the Dodgers Love L.A. Tour presented by Bank of America, the club’s 13th annual community service week.
This week-long civic engagement initiative includes participation from Dodger players, coaches, alumni and employees and Bank of America volunteers and will conclude January 29.
Dodger manager Dave Roberts and Dodger players Pedro Baez, Austin Barnes, Brandon Beachy, Jharel Cotton, Andre Ethier, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Hatcher, Kiké Hernandez, Micah Johnson, Clayton Kershaw, Zach Lee, Adam Liberatore, Frankie Montas, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Josh Ravin, Ross Stripling, Trayce Thompson, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke are scheduled to participate.
Hall of Fame manager and special advisor Tommy Lasorda and Dodger alumni Billy Ashley, Ron Cey, Tommy Davis, Al Ferrara, Steve Garvey, Eric Karros, Lee Lacy, Matt Luke, Kenny Landreaux, Tim Leary, Wes Parker, Dennis Powell, Derrel Thomas and Maury Wills will also participate. Dodger broadcasters Orel Hershiser, Alanna Rizzo and Jorge Jarrín will also join the group this week.
The schedule follows:
Ashley, Ferrara, Lacy, Landreaux and Luke will begin with a Day of Literacy. Dodger alumni, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Bank of America volunteers will read to schoolchildren at five local schools. Dodger alumni will read “Curious George at the Baseball Game” and donate 20 books for each school after their visit.
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Cookie Johnson, Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten, Ferrara, Landreaux and Powell, Dodger executives and Bank of America will host a mentoring lunch at Dodger Stadium’s Lexus Dugout Club. Students from New Village Girls Academy, an all-girls LAUSD charter school, will attend. Members of Bank of America’s L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education Advocacy and Development for Women) group will be participating as mentors at the luncheon.
During a visit to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors at Kenneth Hahn Hall, Roberts will be recognized by L.A. County Board Supervisor Hilda Solis for being the club’s first minority manager.
At a high school in Pasadena on Tuesday, a Q&A session moderated by Jarrín with Dodger historian Mark Langill and Roberts will take place for more than 75 youth. Additionally, the group will preview the new Ken Burns PBS documentary “Jackie Robinson.”
As part of MLB’s groundskeeper conference, there will be a field maintenance clinic at Dodger Stadium. The 60 participants from local organizations include the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club, Culver Marina Little League, Pasadena Unified School District and John Muir High School. Kasten will address the group. Additionally, MLB’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund and conference vendors have significantly supported the John Muir High School baseball field, which is currently under construction.
Tuesday’s activities conclude with a soccer playdate with Puig at a community center serving families in the Pico-Union area.
More than 400 members of law enforcement agencies and families impacted by the tragedy that took place in San Bernardino on December 2 will be joined for a lunch by Ethier, Lasorda, Davis, Garvey, Powell and Thomas. Guests are welcome by invitation only.
In Santa Monica, Ferrara, Leary, Parker and Bank of America volunteers will prepare and serve lunch to a group of 45 homeless currently in transitional housing.
Thursday will focus on random acts of kindness. Hernandez, Pederson and Puig will surprise L.A. citizens with free lunch and will distribute Dodger dogs courtesy of Farmer John from the Time Warner Cable truck. Later in the day, Hernandez, Pederson and Turner will distribute complimentary snacks to commuters.
The final day of the Dodgers Love L.A. Tour will include participation by a scheduled 18 Dodger players and their wives. Roberts, Barnes, Grandal, Kershaw, Lee, Liberatore, Puig, Ravin and Thompson will be on hand at Los Angeles City Hall for a special recognition. Lasorda, Hershiser and Rizzo will also be in attendance, in addition to Cey, Garvey, Karros, Wills and Bank of America executives.
This will be followed by a luncheon with the Wounded Warriors Project and combat-injured service members. The Wounded Warriors Project fosters the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded military members in our nation’s history and raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of those injured. The Wounded Warriors Project helps injured service members aid and assist each other and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Baez, Beachy, Cotton, Frias, Garcia, Hatcher, Johnson, Montas, Stripling and Van Slyke will begin their day at the North Valley Military Institute, where they will join students in cadet formation as they honor the nation through the flag salute and national anthem and will partake in several group exercises, followed by a Q&A session. The group will then join teammates at City Hall for lunch with the Wounded Warriors Project.
All Dodgers, alumni and broadcasters will conclude the tour with service at A Place Called Home in south Los Angeles, where they will interact with children in their after-school activities.