04/20/2007 8:48 PM ET
Wolf to welcome local Little Leaguers and Childrens Hospital LA at Dodger games
Dodger Randy Wolf launches his personal community initiative dubbed the 'Wolf Den'
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will continue their commitment to the community this season through several programs created by Dodger players and coaches. All uniformed personnel will give back through various initiatives, while 12 have created their own. Pitcher Randy Wolf's personal initiative will be to welcome kids from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and local Little League teams and treat them to a Dodger game.
Wolf Den is a season-long initiative that will host 20 different kids from local Little League teams and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles once per homestand. Wolf Den members will get a meet and greet with the Dodger pitcher and will be on field for batting practice on a game day. Photo opportunities with Wolf will also be part of the kids' meet and greet. In addition, Wolf Den kids will be given tickets to the game that follows, a meal voucher courtesy of Panda Express and a Wolf Den t-shirt.
"Giving back to the community has always been important to me, especially now that I'm back home in Los Angeles," said Wolf. "A lot of my prior involvement has been with the Children's Miracle Network so I'm excited to be able to stay affiliated with one of their hospitals and spend time with local kids who can really appreciate a day at Dodger Stadium."
The first group of the Wolf Den comes from California District 18 Little League and will attend the Dodger game tomorrow, April 21 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m. The youth will be on field for Dodger batting practice and will get to meet Wolf at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Prior to joining the Dodgers in 2006, Wolf was the 2003 winner of the Phillies' Community Service Award and was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award for his outstanding community service. Additionally, Wolf has served as a spokesman for the Children's Miracle Network donating more that $6,500 in tickets each year. The Dodger pitcher has also participated in the "Baseballers Against Drugs" free baseball clinic for inner-city kids. Recently, Wolf participated in the annual Dodger Caravan that gives the Southern California community an opportunity to meet their favorite Dodger players and during the offseason, he handed out holiday hams to local families at Dodger Stadium.
Each year the Dodgers donate more than 100,000 tickets and assist more than 3,500 local youth organizations. Last season, the Dodgers Dream Foundation affected an estimated 250,000 local youth through its various programs. This season, personal programs will include projects created by Dodgers Marlon Anderson, Rafael Furcal, Nomar Garciaparra, Luis Gonzalez, Derek Lowe, Russell Martin, Manny Mota, Juan Pierre, Brad Penny, Jason Repko, Jason Schmidt and Fernando Valenzuela.
Please contact the Dodgers' Public Relations Department at (323) 224-1301 or the Dodgers' Community Affairs Department at (323) 224-1435 for additional information.