Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has always been one of the most active players in the community. The 29-year-old outfielder is involved in his own charity, “Kemp’s Kids” and helped raised money when his home state of Oklahoma was city by a tornado, pledging $1,000 per home run to the relief efforts.
Last night, Kemp was joined by other athletes including Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix and former NFL running back Herschel Walker at the Clinton Health Matters Conference at the La Quinta Resort in California. The panel discussed several topics relating to youth sports and Kemp recalled his time in the Dominican Republic via Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.com:
Kemp spoke of playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic in 2006 and seeing kids playing baseball late into the night, having the time of their lives, and how that reminded him of his childhood, playing with other kids in the neighborhood well after dark, until his mom finally made him come inside.
Other topics pertaining to youth sports focused on inactivity of this generation of kids, how competitive youth sports should be and early burnout rate for kids playing sports at an early age.
The discussion will air on February 9 on ESPN2 and was moderated by Mike Greenberg, host of “Mike and Mike”. It’s clear that getting youth to participate in sports is something Kemp feels strongly about and it’s great to see him get involved with this discussion.
Here’s a picture posted by Kemp on his Instagram with former president Bill Clinton:
Caption: “The importance of Kids and Sports is critical. Joining forces with @BillClinton for #ProjectPlay #ESPN2#clintonfoundation #nike”
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