As part of the week-long “Dodgers Love L.A.” community tour, the Los Angeles Dodgers stopped at Crenshaw High School to engage with the softball, baseball, and cheer teams as well as to recognize select students that have made significant improvements in behavioral, attendance, and academic performance. The players included Rich Hill, Scott Van Slyke, Austin Barnes, Andrew Toles, Grant Dayton, Vidal Nuno, Brock Stewart, Alex Wood, Darin Ruf, and Chris Taylor. Also in attendance was Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, along with the former manager and player, Maury Wills, Coach Chris Woodward, and Bench Coach Bob Geren.
The L.A. Dodgers asked Playworks to lead some games to allow for the students to interact with the players in a fun and memorable way. To kick it off, one of our Program Managers, Janelle Matthews, led an awesome icebreaker called “Mingle Mingle” that gave the players and the students a chance to talk and learn about one another. Then once divided into teams, both students and players participated in games of ro-sham-bo, castleball, and one strike, two strikes, three strikes that were facilitated by various members of our team. At the end of the celebration, another one of our program managers, Calvin Hamilton, led a fun cheer and a huddle to bring it all together.