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.
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