For the third straight year, Dodger Stadium became host to a ping pong tournament full of Los Angeles Dodgers, athletes and celebrities.
Courtesy of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw in support of their charity, Kershaw’s Challenge, the PingPong4Purpose event has been a rousing success each year. On July 30, the infield at Dodger Stadium was covered in ping pong tables, the walkway in center field became a blue carpet and Dodger teammates became enemies competing for the trophy.
Each Dodger was armed with a ping pong paddle with their face on one side and their name and number on the opposite side, provided by Kershaw, and joined a celebrity or athlete to form duos. There was comedian/actor George Lopez with catcher Yasmani Grandal, there was the veteran duo of manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, and the comedic duo of actor Ken Jeong and utility man Kiké Hernandez.
In the end, former Dodgers pitcher and current SportsNet LA broadcaster Orel Hershiser and actor Josh Henderson were the champions of the night. For Henderson, it was his second championship in a row after he won with former Dodger Dee Gordon in 2014.