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Dodgers: Ellen and Clayton Kershaw Host 7th Annual Charity Ping Pong Tournament

Ping Pong 4 Purpose at Dodger Stadium spins out another huge crowd for an amazing cause.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Honorees Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley pose onstage with Ellen Kershaw and Clayton Kershaw during Clayton Kershaw's 7th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose at Dodger Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images for Kershaw's Challenge)

For the 7th year in a row, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen welcomed celebrities, friends, and teammates alike to Dodger Stadium for the “Ping Pong 4 Purpose” celebrity tournament benefiting Kershaw’s Challenge.

Moreover, the event raised support for education, wellness, and community programs for youth and families.

Clayton and Ellen were once again joined by Emmy award winner Bryan Cranston as the Emcee, as they honored country music star Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley for their philanthropic advocacy with the Kershaw’s Challenge Impact Award.

Wild, Wild Tourney

Clayton’s teammates were out in full force on Thursday’s off night, for which the star left-hander was grateful.

Just to see everybody that comes out – especially your teammates. I more than anybody know how much a home off night means, to get to be home with your family, your friends, you get to hang out away from the field.

To get such a great turn out from teammates and get to have them all here and playing and enjoying themselves, and get to be a part of it is really a special thing. It makes this night go, it makes this event go, and I’m just so thankful for that.

As for the tournament, the competition was as fierce as the outfits, as usual.

Clayton, dressed to the nines, paired with new partner Cody Bellinger for the first time, and (of course) won the tournament!

Moreover, they defeated last year’s winners in – dare I say it – walk-off fashion as Kershaw himself delivered the final blow.

While Cody Bellinger came away with this prize…

… the real winners were everyone involved with Kershaw’s Challenge.

Setting the Stage

Clayton and Ellen spoke ahead of the event, having this to say.

The ping pong event has become a highlight for us every year. It’s awesome to have so many teammates and friends from the LA community come out to support a cause that is so important to us.

Kershaw’s Challenge was founded by Clayton and Ellen Kershaw in 2011 and works with organizations to impact lives in Los Angeles, Dallas, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic. For more information about Kershaw’s Challenge, visit www.kershawschallenge.com.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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