Los Angeles Dodgers alumni and staff and nearly 200 UnitedHealthcare employees join today and Saturday in "Days of Service and Play" at eight "Dodgers Community of Schools" locations surrounding Dodger Stadium. Both organizations are working together to promote health and wellness and give children a clean, safe place to play at their schools.
The eight Dodgers Community of School locations include Allessandro, Ann Street, Castelar, Clifford Street, Dorris Place, Elysian Heights, Logan and Solano. Volunteers will meet at Dodger Stadium and will be assigned service projects at each of the elementary schools.
Volunteer activities vary at each school, but are divided into two service categories: recreational play and school beautification. Representatives from Playworks are working with volunteers to bring the power of play to the schools by playing four square, catch and jump rope with the children. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps is leading school-beautification projects, which include cleaning of playgrounds, landscaping and restriping of play areas.
The Los Angeles Dodgers' "Community of Schools" is a partnership effort that focuses on student achievement, health & wellness and recreation through educational programs, civic engagement, strategic partnerships and student incentives.
"The Dodgers are happy to be able to assist the community in any way possible," said Stan Kasten, President, Los Angeles Dodgers. "Being able to help our youngest fans through the 'Dodgers Community of Schools' program is one of the initiatives we're most proud of."
"We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Dodgers to help build a healthier community and provide children in Los Angeles the tools to live healthier, more active lives," said Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California.
This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well." employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism in communities where UnitedHealthcare employees live and work. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.
About the Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 21 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world.
Playworks' vision is that one day, every child in America will have access to safe, healthy play every day. Play creates essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other people and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially.
About the Los Angeles Conservation Corps
The Los Angeles Conservation Corp's mission is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.