01/30/2009 1:46 PM ET
Dodgers Caravan to travel throughout greater Los Angeles next week
LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers will embark on their annual Community Caravan starting tomorrow, January 31, running through next Saturday, February 7. The series of events, spanning eight days, includes visits to various locations in the San Gabriel Valley including City of Hope, L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles, Childrens Hospital LA and an appearance on the national CBS game show "The Price is Right." Community events at Dodger Stadium include the second annual Jackie Robinson Legacy day: A Celebration of Life, the second annual Party for Neighborhood Children, Shadow Day on Groundhog Day, and the Dodger truck departure to Camelback Ranch-Glendale.
Dodgers Andre Ethier, Hiroki Kuroda, Russell Martin, James Loney, Blake DeWitt, Brad Ausmus, Delwyn Young, James McDonald, and Mark Loretta join a host of legends including Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, Tommy Davis, Fernando Valenzuela, Ken Landreaux, Bobby Castillo, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Rudy Law, and "Sweet Lou" Johnson, and broadcaster Charley Steiner.
Second Annual Jackie Robinson Legacy Day: A Celebration of Life
The Caravan begins tomorrow, January 31 on the eve of "Black History Month," with a tribute to Jackie Robinson on what would have been the pioneering Dodger Hall of Famer's 90th birthday. Several hundred Los Angeles school children will come to Dodger Stadium to hear Dodger Legends Don Newcombe, "Sweet Lou" Johnson, and Tommy Davis, and artist and author Kadir Nelson speak about Jackie Robinson's impact on society. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Stadium Club.
Second Annual Party for Neighborhood Children
On Sunday, February 1, the Dodgers will host Dodgertown's neighbors for the second annual at Dodger Stadium that marks the end of the football season and the beginning of the baseball season. Held in the 3rd Baseline Box Club at 2 p.m., fans will enjoy plasma TVs, complimentary food and beverages, and raffles. The event is for invited neighborhood guests, and is open to the media.
Shadow Day at Dodger Stadium
Dodgers front office staff will play host to students on Groundhog Day, Monday, February 2. Dodgers staff will see their shadows, students from XX Middle School in Los Angeles, from 10 a.m. to noon. The children will then have lunch before returning to school.
Dodgers Community Caravan Offsite Visits
On Tuesday, February 3, the Caravan visits the first of the two hospitals, City of Hope, that are partners in ThinkCure!, the innovative effort that accelerates collaborative research to cure cancer. Current Dodgers Andre Ethier, Blake DeWitt, Brad Ausmus and Hiroki Kuroda, and former Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela, Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, Tommy Davis, Rudy Law, Steve Garvey (at L.A. LIVE), and broadcaster Charley Steiner will also visit Fernando R. Ledesma High School in El Monte, and present a Play Ball LA baseball clinic at Temple City American Little League.
The Caravan ends with a Dodger Rally at the L.A. LIVE plaza in Downtown Los Angeles from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Autographs will be available to the first 300 wrist-banded fans. L.A. LIVE will offer a discounted $8 parking rate in the West garage located at 11th Street between Georgia and Cherry Streets.
On Wednesday, February 4, the caravan visits ThinkCure partner Childrens Hospital LA. Current Dodgers James Loney, Russell Martin, Delwyn Young, James McDonald, and Mark Loretta, and former Dodgers Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Ron Cey, and "Sweet Lou" Johnson. The group will then serve lunch at Canter's Delicatessen and Restaurant in Los Angeles from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Fans can attend this lunch and order food from their favorite Dodger.
The Caravan then makes a special television appearance on the longest-running game show in TV history, "The Price is Right." Dodgers will be the stars on the CBS show now in its 37th season and participate in the "Showcase" that will also feature special Dodger experiences and prizes.
On Thursday, February 5, the Dodgers will attend and support the annual RBI Dinner celebrating RBI's 20th Anniversary. Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities is a Major League Baseball program with roots in Los Angeles. Among current Dodgers, Loney and McDonald are alumni and are expected to attend, along with honorees Derrel Thomas and Maury Wills.
On Friday, February 6, members of the Dodger front office will volunteer at the Midnight Mission on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Midnight Mission offers a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling education, training, and job placement. Midnight Mission also provides food, shelter, clothing, and medical care.
Finally, on Saturday, February 7, members of the Junior Dodgers (dodgers.com/jrdodgers) will have the chance to provide a send off to the Dodgers equipment truck departing for the club's new Spring Training home, Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Pitchers and Catchers report February 13, and tickets to games start at $8 and are on sale now at dodgers.com/spring or by calling (323) 224-1471.