02/07/12 3:45 PM EST
Ninth annual Community Caravan kicks off
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
The first day's scheduled lineup is headlined by current players Dee Gordon, Tony Gwynn, Kenley Jansen, Adam Kennedy, Josh Lindblom and Ramon Troncoso, along with former players Tommy Davis, Shawn Green, Dennis Powell and Al Ferrara -- plus broadcaster Eric Collins.
The itinerary starts with a visit to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, the Dodgers' ThinkCure partner. The Caravan then moves to Mayberry Elementary School in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers will serve lunch and interact with the students.
After visiting Mayberry Elementary, the Caravan will stop for lunch at a South Los Angeles location to be revealed through the Dodgers' Twitter account @dodgers.
After lunch, the Caravan heads to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, where the Dodgers and 50 selected season-ticket holders will pack food bins for distribution to residents in need.
The final stop on the first day of the Caravan will be in Altadena at Five Acres, The Boys' and Girls' Aid Society of Los Angeles County, an agency that works to prevent child abuse and care for, treat and educate emotionally disturbed and neglected children and their families. The players will run a clinic for the children and Farmer John Dodger Dogs will be handed out.
The scheduled lineup for the second day has current players Andre Ethier, Javy Guerra, Jerry Hairston, James Loney and Lindblom; former players Fernando Valenzuela, Lou Johnson, Bobby Castillo, Derrel Thomas and Ken Landreaux; and broadcaster Charley Steiner.
The day opens at Frances Blend School in Los Angeles, the only day school for the blind west of the Mississippi. The players will participate in music, sensory and living skills sessions with the students.
The Caravan then heads to the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, where players will have a BBQ lunch with the Compton College baseball and softball teams and the UYA staff.
After lunch, the bus heads to Habitat for Humanity in Lynwood, where the players will participate in the restoration of a home and meet the recipient family.
The final stop on the Caravan will be at Normandie Recreation Center in Los Angeles, for the dedication of the latest Dodgers Dreamfield, provided in partnership by the Dodgers Dream Foundation, LA84 Foundation and the city of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
Dodgers senior vice president Howard Sunkin, LA84 Foundation president Anita DeFrantz, City Councilman Ed Reyes and executive officer of the Department of Recreation and Parks Regina Adams will participate in the dedication.
Players will then conduct a clinic for selected children.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.