"As one of the oldest parks in Los Angeles County dating back to the 1930s, Roosevelt Park has a long tradition of meeting the needs of the communities it serves," said LA84 Foundation President Anita L. DeFrantz. "The LA84 Foundation is pleased to have partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation to further enhance the facilities the park offers. Youngsters using the fields will be able to hone their baseball/softball skills under the watchful eye of their coaches and parents, while having fun!"
Los Angeles County Supervisor, Second District Mark Ridley-Thomas added: "I would like to thank LA84 Foundation and the Los Angeles Dodger Foundation for the investment they have made not only in this community, but in so many others around the Second District. Having safe and beautiful parks with brand new fields like this one go a long way toward instilling positive values and healthy lifestyles."
"Our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and LA84 Foundation is helping change lives through the first-class recreational opportunities that Dodgers Dreamfields enable us to provide," said Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney. "For Roosevelt Park and the community it serves, these amazing new fields will be a point of pride - a place to learn values, acquire skills and make memories that will last a lifetime."
"The Dreamfield program is an outstanding example of reinvesting in not only our children but communities in the Los Angeles area," said Korie Henry, Regional Vice President, Security Benefit. "We are excited to partner with The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to make a difference in LA."
The two Dreamfields at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park include newly installed side and outfield fencing, newly replaced and refurbished backstop mesh and posts, newly installed metal dugout roofs, new laser leveled infield surface including new infield mix and bases, new turf infield and watering system, new laser-leveled outfield surface including new sprinkler heads and new sod, new remote controlled solar powered scoreboard and field signage.
The Dodgers' Dreamfields program is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's signature initiatives and its goal is to provide baseball fields where youngsters can learn the game of baseball in an organized program that is administered by the city or county in a safe environment while learning the importance of playing team sports and key characteristics like sportsmanship, ethics and fair play.
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 $220 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 Security Benefit
Security Benefit Life Insurance Company is a 122-year-old, Kansas-based insurance company, which in recent years has become one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. retirement market. Through a combination of innovative products, exceptional investment management and a unique distribution strategy, Security Benefit has become a leader in a full range of retirement markets and wealth segments. To learn more about Security Benefit, visit www.securitybenefit.com.
About the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation provides the residents and visitors of Los Angeles County with quality recreational opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle and strengthen the community through diverse physical, educational and cultural programming. The Department also enhances the community environment by acquiring, developing and maintaining 174 County parks, gardens, golf courses, trails and open space areas. Parks Make Life Better! Follow the department on Twitter at http://twitter.com.lacountyparks on Facebook at http://facebook.com/parks.lacounty.gov and on the web at http://parks.lacounty.gov.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. Visit the Dodgers online at www.dodgers.com, follow them on Twitter @Dodgers and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Dodgers.
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