LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation announced it had changed the name of its sports-based youth development program from Dodgers RBI to Dodgers Dreamteam.
At the unveiling of the new name, LADF general manager Nichol Whiteman was joined by Dodgers owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson and former first baseman Adrián González. Norma Edith Garcia-González, director of parks and recreation, and a handful of young participants were also present.
“Dodgers Dreamteam celebrates the many individuals, groups and resources that come together to support youth development through sport,” said Whiteman. “It gives a greater sense of future direction, reflects the global nature of the program and doubles down on our impactful vision for our neighborhoods. We will continue to provide essential resources and services to people in our city who experience social injustice. Dodgers Dreamteam is more than sports, it’s hope for a better future.
The Dodgers Dreamteam logo was also unveiled during Thursday’s announcement. With a name change, the Dodgers aim to show the start of a new chapter for the program, with a goal of reaching 25,000 young people a year by 2030.
“Children and families shouldn’t have to decide whether they’ll play sports based on how much money they have,” González said. “These vital leadership activities should be available to everyone, no matter where you live, no matter your financial situation. Dodgers Dreamteam will help achieve this goal.
The Dodgers’ vision is for the Dreamteam to help bring together families, volunteers, recreation services and non-profit organizations to help support youth development through the power of sport. It also works to increase the participation of underrepresented groups, especially black youth, girls and teens.
“Partnering with LADF means having an ally,” Garcia-González said. “It means having a globally recognized brand that helps amplify our message across the parks and recreation profession and all youth-serving organizations, that children deserve opportunities to play outside of school hours.”
This season, the Dodgers Foundation is committed to working with 13 partners, including the Major League Baseball Youth Academy, to serve 12,000 children across the city. Participants will have access to top quality baseball and softball programs with the necessary equipment and uniforms.
The program will also include community resource fairs that will provide families with the opportunity to receive basic resources, food and health care. If you would like to get involved in the program as a participant, coach or volunteer, visit Dodgers.com/Dreamteam.
“I played on a [Dream Team] and we went undefeated,” Johnson said. “And this Dreamteam will also go undefeated in the community and have a big impact.”