"Being a public figure, athlete and role model, it's important to use that platform to give back," Turner said following the Feb. 1 tournament. "This event is even more special to me because I grew up in Long Beach. Now playing for the Dodgers, it really hits home. To give back to my community and be able to touch the lives of people in need is really special."
The tournament raised $60,000 that will help fund a home opened two months ago by the Los Angeles Dream Center for veterans who are struggling to find jobs and affordable housing. The Dream Center also provides the veterans with job counseling and support to re-acclimate when they return from duty.
Turner's girlfriend, Kourtney, introduced him to the Dream Center after assisting at one of its events with the wives of other Dodgers players. The Dream Center mission is: "To reconnect isolated people to God and a community of support by providing human services that address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of homelessness, hunger, poverty, addiction, education and human trafficking."
Turner's other charitable work with the Los Angeles Dream Center over the past three years has included visiting local hospitals, participating in a Christmas toy drive and hosting guests at Dodger Stadium.
Turner has already locked in a title sponsor and tentative date for 2017.
"We're already in the process of planning for next year," Turner said. "Given that this year's event was put together in two months, I'm sure next year will be an even bigger success."
Just as Turner is #GoingToBat for the Dream Center, Major Leaguers are committed to supporting causes close to their own hearts. To learn more about the charitable interests and activities of Major Leaguers, please visit playerstrust.org.
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