02/03/2012 6:56 PM EST
Dodgers ninth annual Community Caravan set for this Tuesday and Wednesday
Ethier, Gordon, Guerra, Gwynn, Jansen, Kennedy, Loney and others will visit a hospital, elementary schools, a Habitat for Humanity build and more
LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers will embark on their ninth annual Community Caravan this Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 where the Dodgers and Dodger alumni will join together in giving back to the Los Angeles community.
Tuesday, February 7
Day one of the Dodgers’ Community Caravan will feature Dodgers Dee Gordon, Tony Gwynn, Kenley Jansen, Adam Kennedy, Josh Lindblom and Ramon Troncoso. Dodger Alumni Tommy Davis, Al Ferrara, Shawn Green and Dennis Powell and Dodger broadcaster Eric Collins will also participate and visit the following locations:
10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dodger partner in ThinkCure!
4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Rod Hanners, Senior Vice President and COO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, will welcome the group. The Dodgers will visit patients’ rooms to meet them and their families and distribute Dodger goodie bags, sign autographs and take photos.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mayberry Elementary School
2414 Mayberry Street, Los Angeles
The Dodgers will visit with the schoolchildren and serve them lunch in the school cafeteria and auditorium. The first children that will get their lunch from the Dodgers are in kindergarten through third grade and the second group are fourth through sixth graders.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Dodgers will lunch in South Los Angeles at a location that will be unveiled via the Dodgers’ Twitter @dodgers at 12:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LA Regional Food Bank
1734 East 41st Street, Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization that has been serving the disadvantaged of the community since 1973 with a food distribution network that includes more than 1,000 charitable agency sites throughout Los Angeles County. (www.lafoodbank.org)
Fifty pre-selected Season Ticket Holders and Food Bank volunteers will join the Dodgers for this volunteer service as they pack food bins for distribution to individuals and families in need.
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
760 W. Mountain View Street, Altadena
Five Acres, The Boys' and Girls' Aid Society of Los Angeles County, is a child and family services agency that prevents child abuse through treatment and education in community-based and residential programs. Originally founded in 1888 as an orphanage, Five Acres offers an array of services including residential care and educational services, mental health services in homes and schools, foster care and adoptions and domestic violence prevention. (www.5acres.org)
The Dodgers will visit Five Acres and conduct a hitting, baserunning, fielding and pitching clinic as well as join the kids in making posters for each group cottage. The Farmer John Tailgater will provide Dodger dogs on site for dinner.
Wednesday, February 8
Dodgers Andre Ethier, Javy Guerra, Jerry Hairston, Josh Lindblom and James Loney will partake in day two of the Dodgers Community Caravan. They will be joined by Dodger Alumni Bobby Castillo, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Kenny Landreaux, Derrel Thomas and Fernando Valenzuela and Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner at the following locations:
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Frances Blend School
5210 Clinton Street, Los Angeles
Frances Blend School is a special education day school that has served children with legal blindness from preschool through sixth grade since 1960. The curriculum includes core subjects such as math, science, braille or large print reading and writing, music, art and multicultural education. (www.francesblend.com)
Dodger players will serve as special instructors in cooking and living skills, sensory motor skills and gardening skills programs.
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
MLB Urban Youth Academy
901 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton
Since the grand opening of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in 2006, numerous members have gone on to play baseball at the collegiate level and others have signed professional contracts with a MLB organization. Landreaux is an instructor at the academy and has recently coached All-Star teams at international tournaments. (www.mlb.com/community/uya)
The Dodgers will join the Compton College Baseball and Softball teams and Urban Youth Academy staff for lunch catered by Rosie’s BBQ Kitchen in Chatsworth.
1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity
12628 Santa Fe Ave., Lynwood
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds homes for low-income families around the world. Habitat for Humanity helps eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need. (www.habitat.org)
Dodger players will work on a home building project and meet the recipient family.
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dodgers Dreamfield Dedication Ceremony at Normandie Recreation Center
1550 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles
The Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, will unveil a new Dodgers Dreamfield at Normandie Recreation Center.
Howard Sunkin, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers, Anita DeFrantz, President, LA84 Foundation, Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, District 1 and Regina Adams, Executive Officer, Department of Recreation and Parks will join the Dodgers and youngsters from the community. A hitting, pitching, baserunning and fielding clinic will follow the field dedication.
More information on the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the club’s charitable endeavors can be found at www.dodgers.com/community.
Media should contact the Dodgers Public Relations department for more information on the Dodgers Community Caravan and to confirm attendance.
* All featured guests subject to change
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