Dodgers' 12th annual Community Caravan presented by Bank of America concludes tomorrow with current Dodger players and coaches

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers this week are serving the greater Los Angeles community on their 12th annual Community Service Caravan, Pitching in the Community presented by Bank of America. This week-long civic engagement initiative, which began Monday, includes participation from Dodger players, alumni and employees and Bank of America volunteers and will conclude tomorrow. Dodgers Pedro Baez, Austin Barnes, Mike Bolsinger, Daniel Coulombe, Yimi Garcia, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Hatcher, Kike Hernandez, Kenley Jansen, Howie Kendrick, Zach Lee, Adam Liberatore, Juan Nicasio, Joc Pederson, Joel Peralta, Chris Reed, Paco Rodriguez, Justin Turner, Scott Van Slyke, Joe Wieland, Chris Withrow and Dodger third base coach Lorenzo Bundy are scheduled to participate.

Dodger alumnus Ron Cey, Hall of Fame manager and special advisor Tommy Lasorda, Dodger broadcaster Orel Hershiser and Dodger Yasiel Puig will join the group at LA City Council chambers.

The Dodgers' Pitching in the Community presented by Bank of America is a week-long civic engagement initiative where Dodger players, alumni and employees and Bank of America volunteers join together in partnership with community-based organizations to help promote and support work that is positively changing the lives of children, teens and adults in greater Los Angeles. Through this initiative, the Dodgers continue to build on their tradition of community service with the goal of inspiring youth and adults to play, learn, live and serve.

Additionally, the Dodgers supplemented their Pitching in the Community initiative with grants to each organization the Dodgers visited this week.

Pitching in the Community also officially launches the Dodgers' 2015 community relations work. As part of the cultural fabric of Los Angeles, the Dodgers seek to enhance their responsibility to every segment of the L.A. community through meaningful partnerships, programs and events. Community organizations interested in learning more can visit www.dodgers.com/community or can contact the Dodgers' community relations department by emailing community1@ladodgers.com.

Friday, January 30:

The final day of Pitching in the Community with the Dodgers, Dodger employees and Bank of America will begin with a service project at South East High School in South Gate with Special Olympics Southern California. In anticipation of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games taking place in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will lead 100 children, ages 3 to 5, in the Young Athletes program. The Young Athletes program is a unique sport and play program for children with intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Children ages 2 1/2 to 7 enjoy games and activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination to prepare them to play sports at age 8.

 

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.           South East High School

2720 Tweedy Boulevard, South Gate, 90280

Dodgers Baez, Barnes, Bolsinger, Bundy, Coulombe, Garcia, Grandal, Kendrick, Lee, Pederson, Wieland and Withrow, Dodger employees and Bank of America executives will visit South East High School to engage with 100 Young Athletes in support of the Special Olympics. The group will begin with a warm-up exercise to the song "Wheels On the Bus." Each Dodger will lead a group of children in exercise stations including jumping and balancing, an obstacle course, kicking soccer balls, walking and running, and hitting off a tee and catching. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony where players will present each Young Athlete with a ribbon of completion and will also take a group photo. Each Young Athlete will also receive a Dodger hat and T-shirt.

Tomorrow's Pitching in the Community will be highlighted by a visit to Los Angeles City Hall where the L.A. City Council led by Councilmember Gil Cedillo will recognize the Dodgers for their continued commitment to the communities of Los Angeles. The Dodgers will be joined in chambers by Lasorda, Cey, Hershiser and Puig. The recognition 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 service members in our nation's history and raises awareness and enlists the public's aid for the needs of injured service members. The Wounded Warriors Project helps injured service members aid and assist each other and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.             Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles

Dodgers Baez, Barnes, Bolsinger, Bundy, Coulombe, Garcia, Grandal, Hatcher, Hernandez, Jansen, Liberatore, Kendrick, Lee, Nicasio, Pederson, Peralta, Puig, Reed, Rodriguez, Turner, Van Slyke, Wieland, Withrow along with Cey, Hershiser and Lasorda, Dodger employees and Bank of America representatives will be in Council chambers at 11:30 a.m. A special recognition will be made by Councilmember Gil Cedillo who will also invite the city to join the Dodgers at Saturday's free FanFest at Dodger Stadium.

Following the Council recognition, the group will join combat-injured service members and the Wounded Warriors Project for lunch in the Bradley Room at City Hall at 12:15 p.m. All service members will receive Dodger hats, T-shirts and a Dodgers Challenge Coin.

Pitching in the Community will also visit Inner-City Arts tomorrow. Inner-City Arts provides elementary, middle and high school students, many living in L.A.'s poorest neighborhoods, with the tools and skills they need to succeed academically and personally. Their approach to arts education brings these students to Inner-City Arts' award-winning campus to work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios and performance spaces. Inner-City Arts also provides after school and weekend programs.

 

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.                       Inner-City Arts

720 Kohler St., Los Angeles, 90021

Dodgers Baez, Barnes, Bolsinger, Bundy, Coulombe, Garcia, Grandal, Hatcher, Hernandez, Jansen, Liberatore, Kendrick, Lee, Nicasio, Pederson, Peralta, Reed, Rodriguez, Turner, Van Slyke, Wieland and Withrow, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers will engage with 150 youngsters, ages 10-11 and in 5th grade, on various artistic projects. Players will be assigned to different classrooms for: Brazilian dance in the dance studio, filmmaking in the drama studio, animation in the animation studio, a creativity lab in C-Lab and visual arts in the visual arts studio. Schools participating are Rowan Avenue Elementary, Dayton Heights Elementary, Frank del Olmo Elementary, Ninth Street Elementary and Commonwealth Avenue Elementary. The Inner City Arts students will also receive Dodger aprons, hats and T-shirts and will take a group photo.

Pitching in the Community concludes with a youth baseball clinic at the Dodgers Dreamfield at Montecito Heights Recreation Center in Los Angeles with Dodger players, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers.

 

3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.               Dodgers Dreamfield at Montecito Heights Recreation Center

4545 Homer St., Los Angeles, 90031

More than 250 youngsters will enjoy a youth baseball clinic led by the Dodger players Hatcher, Hernandez, Jansen, Liberatore, Nicasio, Peralta, Reed, Rodriguez, Turner and Van Slyke and Dodger coach Lorenzo Bundy where they will participate in five stations: hitting, base running, pitching, fielding and a nutrition station with Dodger strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel. The Dodgers Dreamfield at Montecito Heights was dedicated more than 10 years ago in May 2003. Prior to the start of the clinic, LADF will announce the donation of a new scoreboard with signage for the field that will be installed prior to the spring baseball season.