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MLB Initiatives

Baseball Tomorrow Fund |  Breaking Barriers |  Buses for Baseball |  Father's Day |  Mother's Day
Jackie Robinson Day |  Pitch, Hit & Run |  PLAY Campaign |  Play Smart When It Comes To The Sun
Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities |  Roberto Clemente Day |  4/ALS Awareness

Baseball Tomorrow Fund

Baseball Tomorrow Fund

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association that funds programs, fields and equipment purchases for youth baseball in the United States, Canada and throughout the world. Each year, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund partners with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodgers Dream Foundation for an equipment drive held prior to a home game at Dodger Stadium.

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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers

Each year April 15 marks the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. The Los Angeles Dodgers partners with MLB on the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, which is a chance for students in grades 4-8 to share their personal stories and show how to use Jackie Robinson's values to face their own barriers. Prizes include a trip to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, a laptop computer, and a classroom visit from Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson.

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Buses for Baseball

Buses for Baseball

In partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association, 50 underprivileged children visit Dodger Stadium where they participate in a question-and-answer session with Dodger players down on the field behind home plate, as well as receive autographs. The children are given tickets to the game, T-shirts and food vouchers for dinner at the stadium.

Father's Day

Father's Day

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are once again teaming up for the Prostate Cancer Foundation's "Home Run Challenge" to raise funds for research and increase awareness of prostate cancer. MLB helps "keep dad in the game" with an innovative Father's Day campaign that champions dads, raises awareness of prostate cancer and further demonstrates baseball's leadership in the fight against cancer. MLB will also introduce the "My Dad - My MVP" initiative, which will inspire fans to nominate fathers for a chance to be recognized on-field as MLB Father's Day MVP. On Father's Day, all players wear blue wristbands and blue PCF ribbons on their uniforms to show their support.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

The Los Angeles Dodgers are proud to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer® initiative to generate awareness about breast cancer and raise funds to help fight the disease.

Each year Major League Baseball and Susan G. Komen for the Cure conduct an Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign to recognize inspirational MLB fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment to the cause. One winner is selected for each of the 30 MLB Clubs by a blue ribbon panel of celebrity judges and more than four million fan votes on MLB.com. Clubs at home on Mother's Day will host their Honorary Bat Girl during scheduled on-field celebrations; visiting Clubs on Mother's Day will select another date in May to recognize their local winner. The program was developed to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer® initiative, a joint partnership between MLB, its licensed partners and Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, taking place on Mother's Day.

Hundreds of Major League Baseball players, including members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will use pink bats produced by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer logo on Mother's Day. Many players also will wear pink wristbands and the symbolic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness will be displayed on player uniforms, as well as on all on-field personnel.

Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Day

Few people have meant more to Major League Baseball - and America for that matter - than Jackie Robinson. By breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier with his historic debut on April 15, 1947, the Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Famer helped pave the way for equal rights for every United States citizen and changed the nation's social fabric. Thanks to Commissioner Selig's vision, our game commemorates Jackie Robinson Day every April 15 to honor Robinson's inspiring life, values and accomplishments. In proudly putting Jackie's No. 42 on all game jerseys, Major League Baseball demonstrates a powerful, unified tribute to Jackie Robinson's legacy.

During the celebration each year, the Dodgers honor their "Team 42" Scholars at home plate. Dodger legend Don Newcombe, a teammate of Jackie Robinson during their days in Brooklyn, speaks each year on Jackie Robinson Day about his days of playing baseball with Jackie and the messages he learned from Jackie. Each year the game-worn No. 42 Dodgers jerseys are signed and auctioned off by the Dodgers Dream Foundation to fund their "Team 42" Scholarship program, in partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Pitch, Hit & Run

Pitch, Hit & Run

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. Winners can advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championship events at the 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. This competition is free for all youngsters.

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PLAY Campaign

PLAY Campaign

The Los Angeles Dodgers team up with Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society each year to host the Promoting a Life of Activity for Youth (PLAY) Clinic at Dodger Stadium. More than 100 local kids learn a variety of baseball skills, are taught valuable lessons regarding the importance of exercise and the dangers of steroids. The children learn exercises from the Dodger training staff and participate in a question-and-answer session with Dodger players about the importance of living healthy.

Play Smart When It Comes To The Sun

Play Smart When It Comes To The Sun

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Baseball and the American Academy of Dermatology team up for the annual Play Smart When It Comes to the Sun program, a skin cancer awareness initiative. The goal is to increase awareness of the program and bring attention to the fact that MLB and the 30 clubs are committed to the fight against skin cancer.

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities

RBI

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a youth outreach program designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball, encourage academic participation and achievement, increase the number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and minor leagues, promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game and teach the value of teamwork. The seed that was planted in South Los Angeles in 1989 has grown to include 185 global RBI programs servicing more than 200,000 boys and girls.

Since inception, The Dodgers have been in partnership with the founding Los Angeles Program. There are currently 2,500 boys and girls participating in the local RBI program. The highlight of the RBI season is the championship game, which is hosted by the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

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Roberto Clemente Award

Roberto Clemente Award

In honor of the late Hall of Fame Legend Roberto Clemente, who died on New Year's Eve 1972 during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua, Major League Baseball and all 30 Clubs observe Roberto Clemente Day. This annual initiative pays tribute to Roberto Clemente's lasting legacy and recognizes players who best represent the game of Major League Baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Local club nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award are recognized in pregame ceremonies on this day.

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4·ALS Awareness

4·ALS Awareness

In honor of Lou Gehrig's memory, and continuing Major League Baseball's long-standing commitment to raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), MLB and all 30 clubs are again teaming up for 4·ALS. The Dodgers will dedicate a day in May 2011 to 4·ALS and team up with three major non-profit organizations helping to find a cure for the fatal illness - The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, ALS TDI and the Muscular Dystrophy Association/Augie's Quest.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

It was on July 4, 1939, that the world was made aware of the disease during a now-legendary ceremony at the old Yankee Stadium, when Gehrig made his famous retirement speech saying he was "...the luckiest man on the face of the earth." The Hall of Famer would die two years later from the disease. For more information click here.

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