"Bank of America has a longtime partnership with the Dodgers and is proud to continue supporting programs that provide services and leadership skills to kids from underserved communities who otherwise may not have access to these types of resources," said Raul A. Anaya, Los Angeles Market President, Bank of America. "This year 200 Bank of America employees will volunteer to assist with Dodgers RBI, helping make this a day to remember for these boys and girls."
Dodgers RBI PlayerFest will include an introduction on DodgerVision by RBI Alumni and Dodger shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Saturday's program will also include brief remarks from Dodgers RBI partners Bank of America, ARCO, the LA84 Foundation, Vision to Learn, alumni and special guests. Dodgers RBI players will get to meet and receive autographs from Dodger Alumni Tommy Davis, Al Ferrara, Tim Leary, Matt Luke, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas. All in attendance will be able to watch the Dodgers take on the Marlins on DodgerVision at 1:10 p.m.
Dodgers RBI players and their families will also enjoy various activities including photo stations, carnival games, Kids Run the Bases, Dodgers and LA Sparks inflatables, the Dodger Character Guy will be on hand, free eye screenings will be offered by LADF partner Vision to Learn and stadium tours will take place throughout the day. All Dodgers RBI players will receive Dodgers Dogs and giveaways. Concessions and the team store will be open in the left-field pavilion.
"The LA84 Foundation believes every youngster should have the opportunity to experience the magic of sports," said Anita L. DeFrantz, President, LA84 Foundation. "We are pleased to support the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's RBI Program so that thousands of girls and boys can enjoy playing softball and baseball. We encourage others to support the youngsters at the local parks where the program is taking place."
"Vision To Learn is proud to be partnering with LADF for the second year in a row providing free screenings, eye exams and glasses to children in need," said Serena Oberstein, Vision to Learn Chief Operating Officer. "Vision to Learn Dodgers RBI is an incredible program enriching communities and bringing resources that otherwise would not exist. This summer Vision To Learn's mobile clinics have already seen more than 200 children and identified 144 in need of glasses. Vision To Learn looks forward to continuing to provide services to the thousands of kids participating in Dodgers RBI at sites throughout Los Angeles."
"ARCO is proud to be the education sponsor of the Dodgers RBI Program," said Bill Crader, ARCO Brand Manager. "We're thrilled to merge the worlds of education and baseball through the Dodgers Mathletics workbooks, which shows the youth of Los Angeles learning can be fun."
Dodgers Carl Crawford and Rollins are both former MLB RBI players. To learn more about Dodgers RBI please visit www.dodgers.com/LADF.
About Bank of America
Bank of America's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.
About The Tesoro Corporation
Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Tesoro, through its subsidiaries, operates six refineries in the western United States with a combined capacity of over 850,000 barrels per day and ownership in a logistics business which includes a 36% interest in Tesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP) and ownership of its general partner. Tesoro's retail-marketing system includes over 2,200 retail stations under the ARCO®, Shell®, Exxon®, Mobil®, USA Gasoline(TM) and Tesoro® brands.
About the LA84 Foundation
The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California's share of the surplus from the successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received an endowment of $93 million. Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested more than $225 million back into the communities that supported the Games, supporting more than 3 million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world's premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation provides grants to youth sports organizations, manages programs, including a coaching education program, and convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For more information, please visit www.la84.org.
About Vision to Learn
Founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, Vision To Learn provides free eye exams and free glasses to children in low-income communities by bringing its mobile eye clinics to schools and other neighborhood youth and community organizations. Kids' vision issues often go undetected, with as many as one in five children lacking the ability to see clearly. Students with impaired vision can struggle to read a book, study math, see the board, or even participate in class-all of which can result in poor grades and impact academic achievement. Vision To Learn alters these outcomes by providing screenings for children, and supplying those in need with eye exams and glasses-a critical tool for success. Vision To Learn solves a problem affecting as many as 1.5 million children nationwide -- 100,000 of which live in Los Angeles County. Kids in low-income communities and minorities are disproportionately affected. More than 89% of kids served by Vision To Learn live in poverty and 87% are kids of color.