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Former Dodgers Star Yasiel Puig Announces Groundbreaking of Community Facility

While he may no longer play in Los Angeles, he is still connected to the community.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles in the second inning during Game 5 of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Yasiel Puig was traded to the Cincinnati Reds this past offseason after a 6 year stint with the Boys in Blue. Despite his relocation out of Los Angeles, however, the former Dodgers outfielder has continued with his charitable efforts in the area.

On Sunday night, Puig invited fans to join him at Pioneer Park in San Fernando at 4 pm on Monday afternoon for the groundbreaking of “Puig’s House,” a community facility in the city’s Pioneer Park.

Puig described the project as a “home that would never turn away a child in need.”

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I once made a promise to God that if He ever lifted me up I would lift others up with me. Last year, I made a promise to open up a home that would never turn away a child in need. I come back tomorrow to the city of San Fernando to make good on that promise. Puig’s House in Pioneer Park will have programs available for children and families to help them live better lives. Join me at 4 PM tomorrow at Pioneer Park in the city of San Fernando for the groundbreaking of Puig’s House. Special thank you to @eric.delvalle.694 and SAA Interiors and Design. Plus a big hug to @__lisettemaria__, @bhscouncil , and all of the @officialcityofsanfernando officials and employees that have worked hard all year to help me make this happen.

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Puig announced his collaboration with the city of San Fernando in April of 2018 with initial plans to renovate the city’s Pioneer Park and restore a house on site that had been closed for 10 years.

Puig is infamous for his antics both on and off the field which often caused some to question his maturity, but he is also well-known for using his baseball platform to help others.

In 2016, he founded the Wild Horse Foundation which operates under the mission of “inspiring children and families in underserved communities by promoting healthier and better quality lives through education, sports, community development, and health and wellness programs” per the foundation’s website.

It’s efforts like these that made Puig a fan-favorite during his time in LA. While he is no longer a Dodger, his impact in the community has persisted.

Let us know what you think below about Puig’s latest efforts in the San Fernando community!

Written by Kellan Grant

I’m currently a junior at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and I have a passion for sports journalism. I grew up in the LA area and am a diehard fan of the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, UCLA, Kings. My favorite Dodgers memory was watching Kershaw tear up after the team won the 2017 NLCS and advanced to the World Series for the first time in his career. After college, I plan on either pursuing a career as a sports journalist or working in sports law.

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  1. I was a big fan of Puig even before he came up to the Dodgers. He certainly did some frustrating things, but nothing that ever made me stop loving him.

    And as this story demonstrates, he was always great for the community and great with the kids.

    Wishing him great success in the rest of hic career (so long as he’s not wearing pinstripes or a Halloween costume).

  2. I pray that the king above, continues to lift up Mr. Puig’s in everything he does for others. My Bible say’s, If you beleave you will recieve whatever you ask for in Prayer. Amen

  3. Great to know a man lives up to his promise to God to lift up other people. God bless you
    Mr.Yasiel Puig.

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