"Youth sports is a force that creates and sustains cohesion among institutional sectors; families teachers and community."
- Don Sabo, D'Youville College
According to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study, children ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (a television, computer or playing video games). It's a staggering figure that's contributed to the United States having one of the highest child obesity rates in the world. A 2012 American Medical Association study found that obesity in children ages 6 to 11 has doubled in the past 30 years. Among adolescents ages 12 to 19, it has tripled.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation seeks to place emphasis on partnering with and supporting organizations that focus on inclusion, preservation and promotion of sports in communities and the use of sports to create leadership opportunities and character development, as well as healthy habits for youth. Via our very own cornerstone programs, Dodgers Dreamfields and Dodger RBI, LADF provides opportunities for underserved girls and boys to play baseball and softball, eliminating many of the obstacles to doing so, including providing a safe place to play and providing resources necessary to play. Partnering with the LA84 Foundation, the County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation and the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, LADF has completed 39 of 50 Dreamfields. Partnering with the MLB Urban Youth Academy Compton, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation and Boys and Girls Clubs of Venice, we are able to offer baseball and softball programs to nearly 4,000 youth in some of the most under-resourced areas of Los Angeles.