Dodgers Dream Foundation, LA84 Foundation Team Up

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, unveiled a new Dodgers Dreamfield this morning at Harbor City Recreation Center in Los Angeles. Those on hand for the dedication ceremony included Honorable Joe Buscaino, Councilmember, District 15, Howard Sunkin, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers, Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Anita DeFrantz, President, LA84 Foundation. Fox Sports West and PRIME TICKT Dodger host Patrick O’Neal served as emcee.

Following the dedication, Dodger alumni Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Bill Russell and Derrel Thomas led a clinic on the new field.

“As someone who bleeds Dodger blue, I am thrilled to see the Dodgers Dream Foundation build a new baseball field at the Harbor City Recreational Center,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “I grew up playing Little League and high school baseball, and it affected me in such a positive way.  I know the youth in Harbor City will reap many of the same rewards having this dream field. Thank you to the Los Angeles Dodgers for such a significant contribution to our city.”

“It’s a great pleasure to dedicate the second Dodgers Dreamfield of 2012 and the first located in the South Bay community,” said Dodgers Dream Foundation Director and Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers, Howard Sunkin. “Following the first dedication of the year that highlighted our annual Community Caravan, we’re happy to once again join our generous partners today as we continue together toward another year of new Dreamfields throughout greater Los Angeles.”

“Harbor City Recreation Center marks the completion of the eighteenth Dodgers Dreamfield made possible through the efforts of the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the LA84 Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Through this partnership we now have eighteen fields donning a whole new look and better playability thanks to a myriad of upgrades.”

“The Department of Recreation and Parks has a long history of working together with both business and non-profit partners to bring improved services to the communities and residents of Los Angeles. We will do whatever it takes to continue our steadfast commitment to promoting youth sports and active lifestyles through athletic activities. The re-building of these fields is a big step forward in achieving our collective goal of providing youth a safe and clean place to play. We are sincerely thankful to both the Dodgers Dream Foundation and LA84 for their generous donations” said, Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks.

“The LA84 Foundation is pleased to have partnered with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department to create a Dreamfield at Harbor City Recreation Center,” said Anita L. DeFrantz LA84 Foundation President. “Youngsters who use the park now have a field in which they can improve their skills, have fun and make new friends. We encourage families to come out and support the players and ensure that every youngster who wishes to play has the opportunity to do so.”

Field improvements at Harbor City Recreation Center’s Dodgers Dreamfield include a new chain link backstop, new dugout roofs, irrigation system, grading in outfield for proper drainage, infield mix, sod in the outfield, solar-powered scoreboard and field signage.

The Harbor City Recreation Center Dodger Dreamfield is the second dedication of 2012 following Normandie Recreation Center (February 8). In 2011, new Dreamfields were dedicated at dedicated at Northridge Recreation Center (February 15, 2011), Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center (April 2, 2011), Pecan Recreation Center (May 14, 2011), Lemon Grove Recreation Center (June 11, 2011), Pan Pacific Park (July 21, 2011), Valley Plaza Park (August 13, 2011), Mona Park (November 14, 2011), two at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center (November 19, 2011) and Toberman Recreation Center (December 19, 2011).

Since the beginning of 2011, the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the LA84 Foundation have created 11 new Dodgers Dreamfields in the greater Los Angeles area, increasing the number of Dreamfields to 20. Harbor City marks the 21st Dreamfield built. The 22nd Dodger Dreamfield will be built in Oro Valley, Arizona in memory of Christina-Taylor Green. Three more Dreamfields will be built with Los Angeles County in the coming months, two Dreamfields at Athens Park and one at Lennox Park.

About the Dodgers Dream Foundation

Founded in 1998, the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF) was created to provide educational, athletic and recreational opportunities for the youth of the Greater Los Angeles community. The Foundation places special emphasis on helping traditionally under-served youth. The Dodgers' Dreamfields program is the Foundation's signature initiative. The program is a partnership between the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and local city officials. The Dodgers Dream Foundation has completed 15 Dreamfields at the following sites: Dodgers Dreamfield at Culver Marina Little League, Seoul International Park, Algin Sutton Recreation Center, Montecito Recreation Center, Cheviot Hills Park, Bishop Canyon Recreation Center, Wrigley Field, Evergreen Recreation Center, Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, Northridge Recreation Center, Martin Luther King Recreation Center, Pecan Recreation Center, Lemon Grove Recreation Center, Pan Pacific Park and Valley Plaza Park. For more information about the Dodgers Dream Foundation, please visit www.dodgers.com/community.

About LA84 Foundation

The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California’s share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  The Foundation received $93 million at its inception.  Since it began operations in 1985, it has invested more than $200 million in sports programs serving more than two 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 located in 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 additional information, please visit www.LA84Foundation.org.

About the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department

The Department of Recreation and Parks maintains over 15,710 acres of parkland with over 400 neighborhood and regional parks, 184 recreation centers and facilities, 372 children's play areas, 321 tennis courts, 256 ball fields, 31 senior centers, 13 golf courses, nine dog parks, 14 skate parks, 12 museums and an urban forest of one million trees.  The Department also provides after school and day care programs for children teens, including basketball, volleyball, softball and flag football leagues.  For more information about the Department of Recreation and Parks, please visit www.laparks.org.