Los Angeles Dodgers, UnitedHealthcare Beautify School Playgrounds, Encourage Children to Get Physically Active

August 25, 2014
  • Dodgers alumni and staff, and nearly 275 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare to participate in “Days of Service and Play” at 11 “Dodgers Community of Schools” campuses
  • Volunteer projects with Playworks and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to bring the power of play to more than 5,000 kids

Los Angeles Dodgers alumni and staff, and nearly 275 UnitedHealthcare employees are joining today, Tuesday and Wednesday in “Days of Service and Play” at 11 “Dodgers Community of Schools” locations surrounding Dodger Stadium.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and UnitedHealthcare are continuing their partnership to promote health and wellness and give children a clean, safe place to play at their schools.

The 11 Dodgers Community of Schools locations include Allessandro, Ann, Castelar, Clifford Street, Dorris Place, Elysian Heights, Logan, Solano, Irving, King and Nightingale. Volunteers will meet at Dodger Stadium and will be assigned service projects at each of the schools.

Volunteer activities will vary at each school, but will include recreational play and school beautification. Representatives from Playworks will work 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 will lead school-beautification projects, which include cleaning playgrounds, and landscaping and restriping play areas.

“Being able to help our youngest fans through the ‘Dodgers Community of Schools’ is one of the initiatives we’re most proud of,” said Stan Kasten, president, Los Angeles Dodgers. “We are thrilled to work with UnitedHealthcare on the ‘Days of Service and Play’ again this year.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Community of Schools is a partnership that focuses on student achievement, health and wellness, and recreation through educational programs, civic engagement, strategic partnerships and student incentives.

“UnitedHealthcare and our employees are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Dodgers to help build a healthier community in Los Angeles by improving school playgrounds and encouraging children to get physically active in a fun, safe environment,” said Brandon Cuevas of UnitedHealthcare.

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. 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.

About Playworks
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.

About UnitedHealthcare
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 more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 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.

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