MLB’s All-Star game thank you to L.A.: $6 million for community

In 2020, when the pandemic forced a postponement of the All-Star game at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers and Major League Baseball nevertheless honored their commitment to provide nearly $2 million in community service.

In 2022, when Dodger Stadium will finally host this all-star game, the team and league pledged Wednesday to provide an additional $4 million in community benefits.

These aren’t the often inflated estimates of the economic impact, the predictably rosy projections of how a big event can attract big financiers to the city. That’s what the league calls its All-Star Legacy Initiative, which launches and supports programs that have a long-lasting impact on the community.

Projects for 2022 include funding 4 million meals for children and families who would otherwise go hungry on weekends when school meals are not available; Recruitment and training of 1,500 youth sports coaches; and providing 85 college scholarships to members of the Boys and Girls Club.

In 2020, MLB and the Dodgers helped renovate a service center for veterans. In 2022, the league and team, in partnership with the Justin Turner Foundation, plan to invest in a skid row facility where homeless veterans can stay for as little as a month and as long as two years, with support services to help make the transition facilitate permanent living. Los Angeles has about 4,000 homeless veterans, according to the league, representing the largest concentration of homeless veterans in the United States.

Projects for 2020 also included the dedication of four baseball and softball fields — two in Lincoln Heights, one in south Los Angeles and one in Chinatown — which the league says has served a total of 44,000 youth to date.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-06-29/mlb-dodgers-all-star-game-community-justin-turner MLB’s All-Star game thank you to L.A.: $6 million for community

Emma Bowman

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