Clayton Kershaw makes donation to help fund MLB urban youth academy
He is the best pitcher in baseball, though maybe sometimes you’re uncertain what to make of Clayton Kershaw the person. In interviews he can be curt and impatient, and does not suffer fools gladly.
He can also be a terrific interview when the mood and questions strike him, and no one has ever questioned at his core he is nothing but an honorable, stand-up guy. His charitable work is well known, not that he’s resting on past accomplishments there, either.
On Tuesday Major League Baseball announced in Texas it would build its ninth urban youth academy in West Dallas.
And there on the stage in Dallas to announce the new facility with the Texas Rangers, Commissioner Rob Manfred and others, was none other than Kershaw.
The MLB Urban Youth Academies are designed to give inner-city youth an opportunity to grow up playing baseball and softball, either for free or at reduced costs. They offer instruction, camps and coaching clinics.
An indoor building will have six batting cages and offer classrooms for tutoring, college prep classes, college and career fairs, financial literacy and career workshops.
The Dodgers are co-sponsors of the first academy in Compton that opened in 2006, one of five currently in operation. MLB said in the past two years it has produced seven major leaguers – outfielders Khris Davis (Brewers), Anthony Gose (Tigers), Aaron Hicks (Yankees), Trayce Thompson (White Sox) and Efren Navarro (Angels), first baseman Jon Singleton (Astros) and right-hander Vincent Velasquez (Astros).
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