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Kershaw’s Challenge: Dodgers Ace Announces New Charity Event in Place of Ping Pong

This week, Clayton and Ellen Kershaw announced a new event hosted by their charity Kershaw’s Challenge. In place of their annual “Ping Pong 4 Purpose“, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus, the Kershaw’s announced “Camp Kersh.”

Camp Kersh, which takes place on September 21, 2020, is a free virtual baseball camp for little league and high school level baseball players. The camp is happening thanks to the support of Skechers, UCLA Health, and Security Benefit.

Clayton shared his thoughts in a statement.

This year has been unique every way. There are a lot of kids who will not get to experience sports in their usual context. We are excited to offer an opportunity for baseball to happen — even if it is virtually. Kershaw’s Challenge is all about serving kids and meeting them in their need. Sports — and in this case baseball — can play a significant role in the lives of kids. During a year of so much change, I’m grateful we can provide a bit of normalcy.

The camp will be broken down into two sessions: little leaguers at 3 PM PT, and high schoolers at 4:30 PM PT. According to, the virtual instruction will include tips from the pros, pitching fundamentals, game day preparation, training insight, and an exclusive Q&A with Clayton Kershaw and former Cy Young Award Winner & current Dodgers broadcaster Orel Hershiser.

Los Angeles Lakers Head Team Physician Kristofer Jones M.D. who is also an orthopedic sports surgeon at UCLA will be a guest speaker for the event as well.

The event is open to children of all abilities. Register at

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Event proceeds will benefit Kershaw’s Challenge. Since its inception in 2011, Kershaw’s Challenge has raised over $12 million dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. Kershaw’s Challenge is focused on making a difference in four distinct locations: Dallas, Los Angeles, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic.

Each year, Kershaw’s Challenge partners with beneficiaries who are on the front lines of change.

This year’s beneficiaries are Behind Every Door and Shoes that Fit in Dallas, Dream Center and LA Dodgers Foundation in Los Angeles, Arise Africa and Both Ends Believing in Zambia, and International Justice Mission and Both Ends Believing in the Dominican Republic.

Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Bobby Miller, and any Dodgers of the future. Under Clint, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. He's a golf enthusiast, an amateur wood worker, and a friend.

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