"Our PingPong4Purpose event on the field at Dodger Stadium has become a fun tradition and we are excited to host it for the third year," said Clayton Kershaw. "This event combines two things: our passion for making a difference through Kershaw's Challenge and a favorite clubhouse activity. We're looking forward to a great night for a great cause."
As in years past, this year Kershaw's Challenge has one goal and four amazing partnerships. Our goal is to provide a better quality of life and give opportunities to vulnerable, underprivileged children, from the skyscraping cities of Los Angeles & Dallas, to the dirt roads of Zambia and now, the Dominican Republic. We are partnering with four non-profits who we share a passion and vision to make life-changing impacts.
Major League Baseball recognized the Kershaws' tireless efforts to give back to those in need, awarding Clayton the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award. He is the youngest-ever recipient of the award, which honors the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field.
Official Sponsors and Partners of the PingPong4Purpose event include: Southern California Acura Dealers, Under Armour, Goldman Sachs, T-Mobile, Sands, Security Benefit, Budweiser, Subway, FantasyDraft.com, Enterprise, Wilson Sporting Goods, Art of the Game, UberPong, Hidden Garden, Jon Soohoo, Best Beverage Catering, Pro Images LLC (Blue Print), Lyft and t.o. printing.
Confirmed celebrities to date include: Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live; Eric Stonestreet. actor on Modern Family; George Lopez, American comedian and actor; Lamorne Morris, actor on New Girl; Kevin Frazier, Co-host of Entertainment Tonight; Tyler Toffoli, current NHL player for the LA Kings; Jenna Fischer, actress on The Office; Josh Henderson, actor on Dallas; Marcellus Wiley, host of ESPN's SportsNation; Alan Thicke, actor on Growing Pains; Orel Hershiser, former MLB pitcher for the LA Dodgers; Jaleel White, actor on Family Matters; and more. *Celebrities scheduled to attend are subject to change.
About Kershaw's Challenge:
Ellen and Clayton Kershaw founded Kershaw's Challenge (www.KershawsChallenge.com) with a simple goal: To challenge and encourage people to use whatever passion, purpose or talent that they have been given to make an impact in the lives of at-risk children and communities in need. In addition to fostering strong connections in the Los Angeles and Dallas communities, the Kershaws also maintain a strong partnership in Zambia, where they have helped to construct and support an orphanage and currently are working to build another. In 2015, Kershaw's will support work in the Dominican Republic for the first time. Clayton has received the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award from Major League Baseball in honor of his philanthropic work and overall commitment to his community.