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L.A. Dodgers Pitcher, Hart Grad Trevor Bauer To Make Donation For Every Strikeout



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Trevor Bauer, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and William S. Hart High School graduate, has launched a season-long giveback initiative “Ks for a Cause” to support local nonprofit organizations.

Bauer is set to donate $1,000 per strikeout (K) throughout the regular season to charities focused on STEM and/or youth programming in the greater Los Angeles area, he announced this week. 

Each month, a different nonprofit organization will be designated. Bauer will fully fund the initiative through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). He will also partner with LADF to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations.

“This season, I’m looking forward to giving back to my hometown community in a meaningful way,” said Bauer in a statement. “I’m excited to launch Ks for a Cause to support several incredible nonprofit organizations doing impactful work to promote STEM and offer a variety of youth programming across the greater Los Angeles area. It’s really the perfect initiative for me, as it combines two things I love in life: strikeouts and helping others.”

Additionally, Bauer will highlight these organizations through a new, dedicated content series on his YouTube Channel and with limited-edition “Ks for a Cause” merchandise on his website.

All proceeds from merchandise sales will benefit that month’s designated beneficiary organization, according to Bauer.

For the month of April, Bauer will support Think Together. Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids. 

The organization delivers nationally recognized early learning programs, afterschool programs, student support services, and school improvement. Specifically, Bauer’s donation will help fund afterschool STEM and robotics programming for middle school students in southeast Los Angeles.

In his Dodgers debut on Friday, Bauer struck out 10 batters in 6 innings Friday, in an 11-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

After his first game, Bauer is expected to make a $10,000 donation to Think Together.

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L.A. Dodgers Pitcher, Hart Grad Trevor Bauer Donates $51,000 In First Month Of ‘Ks For A Cause’



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In the first month of his season-long giveback initiative, Ks for a Cause, Hart High School graduate and Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Trevor Bauer donated $51,000 to a local nonprofit. 

Bauer donated $1,000 for each of his 51 strikeouts to Think Together, funding an afterschool science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and robotics program for middle school students in southeast Los Angeles.

Through Ks for a Cause, Bauer will provide financial support and highlight various local nonprofit organizations focused on STEM and youth programming in the greater Los Angeles area. 

This month, Bauer will support the Just Keep Livin Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. 

The organization, founded by Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves in 2008, implements after-school fitness and wellness programs in 39 inner-city high schools throughout the country. 

Just Keep Livin Foundation’s programs encourage students to make positive life choices that improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition, and community service. Participating students also have a safe place to enhance their lives with fitness coaches and health experts.

Specifically, Bauer’s donation will help fund Just Keep Livin Foundation’s programming at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School in Inglewood and Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles.

In addition to monetary support, Bauer is highlighting all Ks for a Cause organizations through a new, dedicated content series on his YouTube Channel and with limited-edition Ks for a Cause merchandise on his website. All proceeds from merchandise sales will benefit that month’s designated beneficiary organization.

Bauer is fully funding Ks for a Cause through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). He has also partnered with LADF to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations. For additional updates, visit here.

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Dodger Stadium Allowed To Reopen With Fans For Opening Day



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Following the announcement Friday updating California COVID-19 guidelines, Dodger Stadium is now able to reopen with fans for opening day.

Starting April 1, outdoor stadiums are allowed to have 100 guests even in the most-restrictive “purple” tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, according to the state. 

“On behalf of the Dodger organization and its fans, we want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Governor Newsom, his staff and the many others who have worked tirelessly on these revised guidelines which provide a blueprint for California outdoor sports venues to reopen to fans,” said Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten in a statement. 

The modification to the guidelines was possible due to lower case rates and hospitalizations, along with increased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, according to Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Once a county is in the “red” tier, outdoor live events, including sports, can increase capacity to 20% of the total venue, with 25% occupancy and no more than three households in each suite.

“Like the Governor, we’re optimistic that California will continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19 and that we can safely host fans to start the season. Safety is paramount, and the Dodgers continue to work with local officials and Major League Baseball to finalize protocols to protect players, fans and staff,” Kasten said. 

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Department of Public Health, said Wednesday the county might reach the average number of cases for the next tier “as early as next week.”

Once the threshold is met for two weeks, the county is expected to move into the next tier which allows additional businesses to reopen, upon approval from Public Health.

“The Dodgers hope to announce health and safety protocols for fans as well as a ticket policy for reduced capacity in the coming days,” the statement said. “The Dodgers and local officials will continue to monitor conditions, with the hope of safely adding greater capacity as the season progresses.”

Opening day for the Dodgers is scheduled for April 1, the same day the new guidelines go into effect. 

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Youth, Adult Sports In Los Angeles County Allowed To Resume



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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated protocols to allow additional youth and recreational adult sports on Friday, with Los Angeles County meeting the criteria this week.

As of Wednesday, L.A. County has an average of 12.3 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, which is below the 14-case average needed, according to the CDPH.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said the county is “completely aligning with the state” to allow outdoor recreational sports to resume.  

On Friday, when the announcement was made, Los Angeles County was above the threshold at an average of 20 cases per 100,000 residents.

Under the updated protocol, outdoor high-contact and moderate-contact sport competitions may resume in the red tier and the purple tier, with modifications, including testing requirements for certain outdoor high contact sports, according to the CDPH. 

Moderate- contact sports include: baseball, field hockey, softball, and volleyball, all outdoors and high- contact sports include:  football, basketball, rugby, soccer and water polo, all outdoors.

“Youth sports are important to our children’s physical and mental health, and our public health approach has worked to balance those benefits against COVID-19 risks,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer in a statement. “With case rates and hospitalizations declining across California, we are allowing outdoor competition to resume, with modifications and steps to reduce risk, in counties where case rates are lower.”

Weekly testing is expected to be required for football, rugby and water polo participants aged 13 and over in counties with a case rate between 7 and 14 per 100,000. 

Weekly testing, either antigen or PCR, is required for all participants and coaches in these sports, with results made available within 24 hours of competition. Football, rugby and water polo are high-contact sports that are likely to be played unmasked, with close, face-to-face contact exceeding 15 minutes, according to the state. 

Outdoor moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading and softball, can be played in these counties without the testing requirement.

The guidance applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues. 

“Due to the nature and risk of transmission while participating in these sports, teams must provide information regarding risk to all parents/guardians of minors participating, and each parent shall sign an informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgment of the risks,” state public health officials said. 

Any teams playing in a less restrictive sports tier are strongly encouraged to follow the steps outlined in the guidance to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and appropriate hand hygiene and equipment sanitation.

These revised protocols cover all youth and adult recreational sports; schools, city leagues, and private clubs are all required to adhere to all the safety measures in the protocols. 

A full list of sports and guidance is expected to be posted Wednesday evening on the Public Health website.

Note: This story has been updated with additional information from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

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