Council President welcomes the community to the dedication of the new Dodger Dreamfield at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex. To Wesson’s left is Stan Kasten, LA Dodgers President & CEO; to Wesson’s right is Nicole Whiteman, executive director of the LA Dodgers Foundation.
Council President Herb Wesson welcomed over 100 kids and their parents from the community to the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex to celebrate and dedicate the newest Los Angeles Dodgers Dreamfield.
The Dodgers Dreamfield program is focused on promoting baseball and sportsmanship among inner city youth. This Dodger Dreamfield features newly refurbished baseball and softball fields. Located in Wesson’s 10th Council District, Rancho Cienega is the most recent of the thirty Dreamfields built since the inception of the Dreamfields program by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
Joining Wesson for the celebration were Stan Kasten, president & CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers and past Dodger World Series champions, Fernando Valenzuela, Wes Parker, Kenny Landreaux and Derrel Thomas. Also on hand were Jon Kirk Mukri, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Anita DeFranz, president of the LA84 Foundation, and Ron Krall, Los Angeles Area President of Republic Services.
“We’ve worked hard to improve recreation assets here at Rancho with a new football field and track, a new skate plaza and soccer field, and refurbished tennis courts,” said Wesson. “However, being able to have a Dodger Dreamfield right here in the community is for me a dream come true, and I salute Stan Kasten and the Dodger organization for making this a reality. Right here at Rancho we will now be able to inspire and develop the next generation of Dodger heroes.”
Key supporters in the creation of the Dodger Dreamfield at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex were the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the LA84 Foundation and Republic Services.
Following the ceremony the former Dodgers Valenzuela, Parker, Landreaux, and Thomas joined the kids for special clinics in pitching, fielding, hitting, and base running.