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A couple of years ago, Don Mattingly became aware of the challenges faced by kids in low-income communities in Los Angeles who want to play baseball.
Some of their biggest issues was that kids dont have gloves, Mattingly said. They dont have bats and balls and tees. I was like, Really? That seems crazy.
The Dodgers manager is trying to do something about it.
He will host a fundraising event at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles on Thursday night that will be headlined by George Lopez. Comedians Josh Wolf and Bob Glieb will perform. There also will be a silent auction.
The event will include a tour of the museums Dodgers artifacts and end with a question-and-answer session with Mattingly.
Several Dodgers, including Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier, are expected to attend.
The proceeds will benefit Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation.
Mattingly Charities intends to help sports programs in poor communities purchase baseball equipment.
I didnt grow up in the inner city but I grew up in an area where I was fighting a couple times a week, Mattingly said. I just know that the people that were around the game -- the Little League coaches, the mentors that you get -- really kind of helped me get away, turn that corner from that type of activity. Its something I always look back on. If I had a chance, thats what I wanted to get involved with. Its a great opportunity for me in L.A. to do something thats kind of getting into the inner city and getting to the kids that are below the radar.
For tickets and more information, visit dodgers.commattingly.
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