The 50th Dodgers Dreamfield was unveiled Saturday, fulfilling the goal made by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, with owner Mark Walter pledging to build another 25 fields by 2033, the 75th anniversary of the team’s move to Los Angeles.
The 50th field to be renovated or built under the program was at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles.
Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw, outfielder Yasiel Puig, manager Dave Roberts and team president and CEO Stan Kasten attended the ceremony.
Work on the field cost $300,000 and was partially funded by donations from the city of Los Angeles, Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation, the Tyler Development Corporation, Kershaw and his wife Ellen, the LA84 Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, and the Bruce P. Rubenstein family, the team announced.
“We are so proud to have reached our goal of building 50 Dreamfields, but know that there is still much more work to be done,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation executive director Nichol Whiteman.
“These fields have given our local youth a sense of pride and ownership every time they step onto the mound or slide across home. The value of these Dreamfields cannot be overstated, and we are excited to have the chance to share everything that baseball and softball have to offer with even more communities over the next several years.”
The foundation released its Dodgers Dreamfields Impact Report in connection with the unveiling ceremony.
The report detailed the influence the fields have had on youth in Los Angeles County’s most underserved communities including South Los Angeles, Inglewood, Harbor City and East Los Angeles, and La Puente.
The report found the fields contributed to both community development and youth development by providing youth the opportunity and space to learn and play baseball and softball, while building character and instilling important life lessons.
The Dodgers Dreamfields program began in 2003 when the team was owned by the Fox Group. It continued when Frank McCourt owned the team from 2004-2012 and under the current ownership.
The foundation is the team’s official charity, supporting programs in sports and recreation, education and literacy, health and wellness benefiting children and families throughout the Los Angeles area.
Its programs are funded through private donations and various fundraising events. Team finances are not used.
The LA84 Foundation provided funding for 43 fields. It manages Southern California’s share of the surplus from the 1984 Summer Olympics and supports a wide array of youth sports programming.