05/02/09 8:46 PM ET
Dodgers announce ninth Dreamfield site
Los Angeles Boys & Girls club to receive field overhaul
By / MLB.com
Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt made the announcement at the site of the field, which is loacted at 2635 Pasadena Ave.
"These are the fields where children learn how to excel as individuals, how to collaborate on a team, how to hope, how to persevere and how to win," McCourt said. "This field is where children can invite baseball into their imaginations, where dreams are born."
Funding for the project will be provided by the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the City of Los Angeles, Proposition K, LA for Kids, Bank of America, Councilmember Reyes and anonymous private donors.
McCourt was joined by Reyes, Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly, Dodgers first baseman James Loney, community leaders and dozens of children for the announcement.
"For years the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown a true devotion not only to this community, but to the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club in particular," said Reyes, who grew up in the neighborhood. "They have consistently opened their doors to our youth and continue to change the lives of our young people. Today, with the construction of this field, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have cemented their legacy in the hearts of our children."
The field will be renovated with a new grass infield, warning track, chain-link backstop, dugouts and side fencing. A new irrigation system will be installed, and new environmentally friendly Musco lighting will replace older fixtures. In addition, players will utilize new aluminum benches and the field will receive a new scoreboard.
Saturday's ceremony also initiated a Dodger partnership with Mattingly Sports and Mattingly Baseball Charities that will include the donation of baseball equipment to Dodgers Dreamfields from the charitable efforts of the six-time All-Star, former American League Most Valuable Player and current Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly.
"One of my true passions has always been to help kids enjoy the game of baseball, so supporting the team and the Boys & Girls Club kickoff the opening of this Dodgers Dreamfield was an easy decision," Mattingly said. "It's very exciting to be a part of, and I am thrilled we are going to be able to donate some V-Grip bats for use by the kids."
"The Dodgers have been longstanding supporters of the Club's activities and an ongoing inspiration to its young members, many of whom live virtually next door to Dodger Stadium," said Greg McClintock, president of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club. "The Dodgers Dream Foundation's exceptional gift will make it possible to create a world class baseball field -- a "Dreamfield" in every sense of the word -- for the boys and girls of East Los Angeles and continue the Dodgers' venerable tradition of giving back to our community. The Board thanks them for their generosity."
Last November, as part of the club's 50th anniversary celebration, the Dodgers Dream Foundation committed to adding 42 Dodgers Dreamfields to the eight already completed, bringing the total to 50.
Of the eight current Dreamfields, two were new diamonds and six were renovations. The fields include fencing, sod and topsoil for the infield and warning track, irrigation systems, bases and foul poles, lights, bleachers, scoreboards and signage.
The baseball diamonds are being selected in cooperation with the City's Department of Recreation and Parks and officials of other cities and counties. The public can send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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