Just in the past week, Andre Ethier was seen helping out in the community, and Justin Turner was seen on Twitter offering a Matt Kemp fan a new jersey. The Dodgers are constantly involved in charity and in the community throughout the year, however, it is a bit more special around this time of year. Even Dee Gordon was out representing the Dodgers the day he was traded to the Miami Marlins.
Adrian Gonzalez got into the giving spirit recently, donating Nike footwear to 200 students from Roosevelt High School. The students were a part of the Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy.
Gonzalez talked about his generous act and why he did it via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
This holiday season, my wife Betsy and I wanted to connect with high school students who have focused on their studies all year long,” said Gonzalez. “Education and access to college is incredibly important, and I am grateful for any opportunity in which I can encourage students to achieve their academic goals.”
Gonzalez was already one of the most recognizable Dodgers, even more so now with the changes this offseason, and he sets an example for his teammates to do the same. He was the team’s representative for the Roberto Clemente award in 2013, and has been a big help in Mexico. The Gold Glove first baseman supports two youth fields in Tijuana, and recently made the rounds in Mexico when he accepted an award out there.
The children from Roosevelt that received the footwear are a part of the College Track program, which helps students from the beginning of high school through college graduation.