This season, I want to give back to my hometown community in a really meaningful way. Ks for a Cause will support several incredible nonprofit organizations doing impactful work to promote STEM and offer a variety of youth programming across the greater Los Angeles area. I will donate $1,000 per strikeout (K) throughout the regular season. Each month, a different nonprofit organization focused on STEM and/or youth programming will be designated. I will fully fund this initiative through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and also partner with LADF to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations. Ks for a Cause combines two things I love in life: strikeouts and helping others. I will also be highlighting these organizations through a new, dedicated content series on my YouTube Channel and with limited-edition Ks for a Cause merchandise.
During the month of May, I am supporting 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. My 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.
Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids. The organization delivers nationally recognized early learning programs, after school programs, student support services, and school improvement. Specifically, my donation will help fund after school STEM and robotics programming for middle school students in greater Los Angeles.