Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Receives Liberty Hill Foundation Visionary Award

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) received the Liberty Hill Foundation Visionary Award at the Upton Sinclair Homecoming Celebration, where frontline organizers, activists, community partners, philanthropists and every day change-makers were honored.

CEO Nichol Whiteman accepted the award on behalf of the foundation. It’s presented to companies and organizations that use their platform to raise awareness and funds to fuel the fight for social justice in Los Angeles.

The LADF received Liberty Hill’s Visionary Award in recognition of their mission to improve youth development, education, healthcare and homelessness through a social justice lens.

“Our commitment to Los Angeles extends beyond the field. We were honored to be recognized by Liberty Hill with the Visionary Award,” Whiteman said in a statement.

“Our partnership has allowed us to fulfill our promise to Los Angeles and deepen our pledge to social justice by supporting grassroots organizations focused on foster youth advocacy and youth development. Our promise to Los Angeles is bigger than baseball, it’s about providing opportunities for youth across Los Angeles County to succeed.”

The LADF provides for underserved youth and families through a variety of initiatives, including Dodgers Dreamfields, Dodgers Dreamteam (formerly Dodgers RBI), reading programs and holiday events.

Last year, the LADF was named the winner of the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award, which annually recognizes professional sports teams, athletes, coaches and community-based organizations that use sports to catalyze and sustain changes to make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

In 2020, they received Beyond Sport’s 2020 Sport for Reduced Racial Inequalities Collective Impact Award, supported by The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation.

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala

The sixth annual Blue Diamond Gala at Dodger Stadium is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, and will feature DJ D-Nice putting together a set and an exclusive Jennifer Lopez concert as the headliner for the star-studded event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the LADF and the organization’s community programs and initiatives aimed at improving education, health care, homelessness and social justice.

While this is the sixth Blue Diamond Gala in the event’s history, it’s the first since 2019 due to challenges and restrictions brought forth by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Since its inception, the LADF has invested more than $40 million into the Los Angeles community in the form of direct programs and grants to non-profit organizations.

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