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Dodgers Charity: Play Catch with Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the bullpen before the game against the San Francisco Giants on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) has partnered with Kershaw’s Challenge to give fans a chance, through a sweepstakes, to play catch with Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium in an effort to provide funds to a project announced on Jackie Robinson Day.

The project plans to refurbish Jackie Robinson Stadium and construct a new “Field 42” at Gonzales Park in the City of Compton.

The sweepstakes, which runs until Friday, May 3, costs $10 per entry and can be entered here.

The grand prize winner will be flown to Los Angeles for a two-night stay in a four-star hotel and receive two dugout club tickets. At the stadium, they will get to play catch with Kershaw and get an autographed ball from the left-hander. They will also take an exclusive clubhouse tour and watch Dodgers’ batting practice before the game.

The effort is part of LADF’s commitment to building 75 new Dodger Dream Fields by the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles.

“The Gonzales Park Dodgers Dreamfields, renovating Jackie Robinson Stadium and building ‘Field 42,’ are large-scale projects, and we couldn’t do it without the support of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw and Kershaw’s Challenge,” said Nichol Whiteman, the LADF CEO. “We’re grateful to have such amazing partners for this project, and look forward to continued joint ventures in the future.”

Clayton and Ellen Kershaw announced in a press release they are happy to be teaming up with LADF to support the project.

“The Dodgers Dreamfields program, in particular, aligns with our love for the game of baseball and our desire to see more kids engage in the opportunity,” Clayton and Ellen Kershaw said. “It is an honor to officially join hands with LADF as one of our 2019 Kershaw’s Challenge beneficiaries. We believe in their work and we love their team.”

The renovations to Jackie Robinson Stadium will include upgrades to the field, outfield fence, dugouts, scoreboard, backstop, lighting, bathrooms, locker rooms and spectator areas, according to their press release.

The new “Field 42″ will be for 5-12-year-olds and feature an LED scoreboard, widescreens on the outfield wall, a batting cage, and a new irrigation and watering system.

The project is also part of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, which aims to bring more youth to the sport.

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Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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