Dodgers Foundation receives Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award
PRINCETON, NJ – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced Wednesday that the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundations (LADF) is one of five recipients of the 2021 RWJF Sports Award. The winners, who were honored in a virtual ceremony Wednesday, will each receive a cash prize of $ 25,000.
Since 2015, the RWJF has used the Sport Award to recognize professional sports teams, athletes, coaches and community organizations who use sport to catalyze and support change to make communities healthier places to live, learn , work and play, the organization said.
According to the RWJF, the LADF, which is the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is using its platform and programs to tackle the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve performance. education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. .
“The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is absolutely delighted to have received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award for our essential work in breaking down barriers to health equity through sport,” said LADF CEO Nichol Whiteman. “Through an approach that focuses on the overall needs of young people, we are aggressively addressing the most pressing challenges Angelenos faces by providing access and opportunities to those most in need of support.”
According to LADF, the organization’s COVID relief efforts have provided 3.8 million meals and more than $ 2 million of essential items to vulnerable Angelenos. In addition, the organization has provided $ 1 million in grants to local social justice organizations that fight racial inequalities.
“I am amazed by the work of this year’s winners and their commitment to using sport as a vehicle for achieving health equity,” said Allyn Brooks-LaSure, RWJF vice president of communications. “We know that removing barriers to safe gambling is essential to building a culture of health, and our winners provide wonderful examples. “
The other winners of the 2021 prize are: