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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

With the Los Angeles Dodgers in the midst of another pennant race, teammates Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner will take time out of their busy schedule to join the Los Angeles Dream Center for their annual Back to School Bash, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m.

Along with Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Kershaw and Turner will aid in distributing 2,000 backpacks, each field with supplies including pencils, paper, and notebooks to families from the Echo Park, Rampart District, Skid Row, Lincoln Heights, South Central and Watts neighborhoods.

Additionally, each family can also receive health screenings, dental checkups and haircuts, plus clothing and groceries. All of these services will be provided to the children and families at no cost. Entertainment will be provided in the form of face painting, water and “slime” games, inflatable jumpers, a petting zoo and science fairs.

Both Kershaw and Turner, as well as the Dodgers, have a history of working with The Dream Center, who regularly arranges for children to meet Dodgers players, both at Dodger Stadium and in other settings. Last year Kershaw and his wife Ellen lent a hand in passing out groceries at the local Dream Center.

The couple also does charitable work through Kershaw’s Challenge, which includes an annual PingPong4Purpose event. In conjunction with the Dream Center, Turner has made several visits to hospitals in effort to create a memorable moment for those in a difficult situation.

The Dream Center was founded in 1994 and is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of individuals and families alike. It currently serves over 85,000 people each month with services that include residential rehabilitation programs for adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, a transitional shelter for homeless families, mobile hunger relief and medical programs.

You can get involved with the Dream Center by clicking here.


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