LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: A general view during the national anthem before the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves in Game Four of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Thousands of Los Angeles-area kids will get to attend Dodgers home games for free this season as part of the team’s new outreach program for inner-city youths.
The Kids 4 Dodgers Baseball initiative will host 250 youngsters at 51 home games. The first was Friday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the team hosted youths from the Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, they didn’t see a win. The Dodgers lost to Diamondbacks 4-2 in extra innings.
Along with free Reserve level tickets to games, kids are given meal vouchers, T-shirts, and a shout out during the game to everyone in Dodgers Stadium on the jumbotron in left field.
The team says it plans to bring in nearly thirteen thousand young people as part of the program this season.
"Our success on the field is just as important as how successful we are off the field in the LA community. I believe Kids 4 Dodgers baseball is a very special addition to the Dodgers' community outreach programs,” Dodger Owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson said in a statement.
Groups have to go through an application and process to be selected.
At Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks the Dodgers will host the Phoenix Continuation School. The church group, based in South LA, serves at-risk high school students.
The Dodgers are currently on a ten-game homestand that ends April 27th.