Los Angeles Dodgers Joined Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia to Host Nutrition & Fitness Day at Dorsey High School
Part of Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4th annual “Day of Service & Play”
Los Angeles – The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF), UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia today participated in the seventh stop on the Team8 Tour, hosting a Nutrition & Fitness Day at Dorsey High School with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The event was part of the Dodgers 4th annual “Day of Service & Play” with UnitedHealthcare, which also provided fun and fitness to support local schools, a recreation center that offers programs during the summer and school year, and a Boys & Girls Club. With special appearances from former members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, activities at Dorsey High School included rebuilding and planting fruit and vegetable gardens at Dorsey High School, followed by youth baseball clinics with students from Dorsey High School and participants from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundations’ Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program and their partners, the Miracle League Los Angeles and CoachArt.
The Team8 Tour is a national campaign aimed at encouraging young people across the country to make healthy choices, build character and learn critical life lessons that will inspire them to be catalysts for positive social change. To encourage healthy eating habits and reinforce the importance of an active lifestyle for Los Angeles youth, the Ripken Foundation, UnitedHealthcare and CBS EcoMedia rebuilt the Dorsey High School fruit and vegetable gardens, as well as constructed outdoor lockers for the school’s baseball team.
Following the volunteer activities, the tour hosted youth baseball clinics at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center. One group played on LA’s first universally accessible Dodgers Dreamfield, an adaptive field that provides children with physical and intellectual disabilities a safe place to play team sports, and participate in educational and character development programs. A partnership between the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the Ripken Foundation made this field possible in 2015.
“The Team8 Tour stop in Los Angeles is a great opportunity to bring together numerous organizations toward a greater cause – giving young people in Los Angeles the tools to live full and healthy lifestyles,” said Steve Salem, president of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “It’s important that we foster among our youth the importance of staying active and making good choices. We are grateful to have former members of the Los Angeles Dodgers present to participate in the activities today.”
Los Angeles Dodgers alumni and staff, and UnitedHealthcare employees carried out a “Day of Service and Play” at Toland Way Elementary School, Downey Recreation Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Carson, which is located on the campus of Alain Locke High School. Volunteer activities included recreational play and site beautification. Representatives from Playworks worked with volunteers to bring the power of play by playing four square, catch and dodgeball with the children. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps led a variety of school-beautification projects, including playground cleanup, painting and landscaping.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers take pride in serving the communities of Los Angeles for the fourth year in a row, together with UnitedHealthcare. This year, we’re excited to support the goals of the Day of Service and Play, as well as the Team8 Tour. What we are most proud of is leaving a positive impact on Los Angeles-area youth and the environments in which they learn and play,” said Naomi Rodriguez, vice president of external affairs, Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Team8 Tour stopped in Houston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Chicago, Jersey City and New York City prior to coming to Los Angeles. The Team8 Tour’s will conclude its eighth and last stop in Denver.
About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF)
For the last 15 years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement youth development programs that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed circumstances across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripken’s created the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach, and mentor, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Foundation use sports-themed programs to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 8 to 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills.
In addition, the Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. In just five years, the Ripken Foundation has created 55 completed parks across the country, impacting over 235,000 kids annually. In 2015, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Parks and mentor programs.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at WWW.UHC.COM or follow @myUHC on Twitter.
About the Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 21 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world.
About the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. Visit the Dodgers Foundation online at www.dodgers.com/ladf,, follow them on Twitter @DodgersFdn, Instagram @dodgersfoundation and like them on Facebook at HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LOSANGELESDODGERSFOUNDATION
About CBS EcoMedia Inc.
EcoMedia was founded in 2001 by social entrepreneur Paul Polizzotto. The company’s mission is to harness the power of the advertising dollar to make tangible, quality of life improvements in communities nationwide. In 2010, after successfully partnering on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia was acquired by CBS Corporation, exponentially scaling its reach across television, radio, interactive, and publishing media.
Through EcoMedia’s patent-pending EcoAd, EducationAd, WellnessAd, Viewers to Volunteers, Volunteering with the Stars, and Charity Champions League advertising programs, national brands and local businesses provide millions of dollars in financial support to some of the nation’s most effective nonprofit organizations, funding critical veterans’, education, health and wellness, and environmental projects nationwide.
EcoMedia’s innovative and proprietary business models have fundamentally altered the advertising and philanthropy landscapes, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change and making it possible for everyone to give back, whatever their means.
Paul Polizzotto and the team at EcoMedia have earned numerous awards and recognitions for their work, including the US Conference of Mayors Award for Excellence in Public Private Partnerships (2009) and back-to-back Edison Awards for Social Innovation and Social Impact (2012, 2013).
In Spring 2016, Paul was named Social Good Leader of the Year by CynopsisMedia and recognized as one of “America’s 25 most influential philanthropy and social innovation experts” by Philanthropy Media. He has received the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s “General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award,” the EPA’s “Environmental Hero” recognition, the Santa Monica Baykeeper’s and the Waterkeeper Alliance’s “Keeper Award,” and the Coastal Living Leadership Award. He was also named a Public-Private Visionary by Vanity Fair magazine.
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