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Dodgers Catcher Will Smith Talks About Debut Season, Charity Event

Louisville native returns to his hometown to help charity raise awareness

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith (16) is all smiles after his grand slam during a MLB game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 1, 2019 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Will Smith may have found stardom in Los Angeles playing for the Dodgers, but he will always be a Louisville kid at heart.

Smith was responsible for several clutch at-bats and memorable moments in his rookie campaign. The young catcher recently spoke with Louisville news outlet WDRB about his debut season.

“It was a fun year. A great rookie season. It’s truly a dream come true.”

It was a combination of his success in the major leagues and love for his home that led the University of Louisville alumni to return to his hometown early in November for the Barren Heights Retreat Gala held at the Louisville Marriott East.

Smith credits baseball with helping him help kids realize the dreams their parents had for them, according to WDRB.

“It just gives me that stage to get here and kind of help raise more money for this cause,” he said.

Smith donated a jersey — and signed it in person — to the Barren Heights Retreat, a program that provides free retreats at the Barren River Lake to families of children with physical and developmental disabilities.

When looking at the big picture, WDRB said that Smith hopes Louisville residents can be inspired to volunteer for the cause and get involved with the Barren Heights Retreat.

Written by Andres Soto

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