Dodger Players Release Powerful Message, Unapologetically Supporting Black Teammates and Social Justice Organizations in Los Angeles

Players will match funds raised from “In This Together” shirts, on sale at Dodgers.com/Together

LOS ANGELES – In a show of solidarity, Dodger players today released a powerful message, speaking out against racial injustice in America and committing to using their platforms to amplify the voices of social justice organizations on the ground in Los Angeles. The players will also match funds raised from the “In This Together” special edition t-shirts benefiting the California Funders for Boys & Men of Color Southern California: Our Kids, Our Future Fund (CFBMoC).

The video can be downloaded herehttps://ladodgers.sharefile.com/d-s97a212dc07d483bb

Clayton Kershaw, who recently put out a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, bookended the message which features nine additional players – Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Kiké Hernández, Gavin Lux, Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock, Ross Stripling, Justin Turner and Alex Wood.

“For centuries, the Black community has lived in a different America. Instead of addressing racism, inequality, and injustice, many of us simply look away,” said Kershaw. “Silence is no longer an option. I’m fighting for my teammates, their families, and their communities.”

Earlier this week, Kershaw, Pederson, Stripling and Turner joined the inspirational leaders of the Brotherhood Crusade, Children’s Defense Fund of California, Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition and the Community Coalition, four of thirteen organizations in the CFBMOC. The organizations shared the history of racial and social inequities in Los Angeles and how their respective organizations have been working for decades to tackle systemic change. The players engaged in open and honest dialogue about how they want to use their platforms and resources to support and amplify this important work and be allies for the Black community.

This listening session was intended to be the start of many conversations between these leaders and the players, who learned their voices can truly make a difference. Together with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the players will continue to use their platforms, keeping the invitation open for teammates to join in future opportunities.

During today’s workout, Dodger players will raise awareness for these organizations by wearing the “In This Together” t-shirts, which are available for purchase for a limited time at Dodgers.com/Together.


About Los Angeles Dodgers:

The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 23 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.

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About Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation:

ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is bigger than baseball with ambitions to be the city’s premier charity.  We envision a city where everyone regardless of zip code has the opportunity to thrive.  We are tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Since 1995, we have invested more than $30 million in programs and grants to nonprofits, and fundraising has increased by 1,000% since 2012. That growth has enabled us to do more.

Visit LADF online at www.dodgers.com/ladf, follow them on Twitter, @DodgersFdn,  Instagram, @dodgersfoundation, and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LosAngelesDodgersFoundation.

Contact: Jon Chapper | Los Angeles Dodgers | jonc@ladodgers.com

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