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While Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been remarkable of the field, winning three out of the last four National League Cy Young awards and the NL MVP award in 2014, he has been equally as remarkable off the field.

He and his wife Ellen created a charity organization called Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011 in order to give back to people in need. In 2014, they created a fundraising initiative called “Strikeout to Serve”, in which Kershaw makes a donation to the organization for every strikeout he throws. They created the initiative in partnership with GiveStep.com, a website that accepts donations.

On Thursday, Kershaw’s Challenge announced that they will continue their partnership with GiveStep.com, and renew the “Strikeout to Serve” initiative for the 2015 season:

We are so grateful for everyone’s efforts in 2014 and making Kershaw’s Challenge such a success,” said Clayton Kershaw, co-founder of Kershaw’s Challenge. “Along with our partnership with GiveStep.com, we look forward to another successful year in 2015 and making a difference not only here locally but around the world.”

In 2015, Kershaw’s Challenge will be supporting four organizations. The first will be the “Strikeout to Serve” campaign, which will help 100 children at CURE International’s hospital in the Dominican Republic receive life-altering surgeries and also fund two necessary staffing additions for the hospital. The second will be to help support the creation of “bigger vision” sporting complex in West Dallas. The third will help Arise Africa construct a children’s home in Lusaka, Zambia for orphaned boys and girls. Lastly in Los Angeles, the organization will support a Foster Care Intervention program with the Dream Center.

To find out how to get involved, visit kershawschallenge.com or givestep.com/cause/kershaws-challenge for more information.

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Daniel Starkand is a senior at Chapman University majoring in journalism and minoring in broadcast journalism. He grew up in Burbank, CA. He played baseball at Burbank High and his first year at Chapman. He also writes for The Panther newspaper.

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