Sands Cares, the global corporate citizenship program from Las Vegas Sands recently donated $32,000 to Kershaw’s Challenge, the charitable foundation of All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw (Pictured: Sands Cares Presents Check to Clayton Kershaw).
Kershaw’s Challenge encourages people to make an impact in the lives of at-risk children and communities in need. For the second year in a row, The Venetian and The Palazzo accepted the pitcher’s “Challenge” and pledged $100 per Kershaw strikeout during the 2015 baseball season. Kershaw’s 320 strikeouts (301 in the regular season and 19 in the postseason) garnered $32,000 for the foundation.
“Our partnership between Kershaw’s Challenge and The Palazzo started a few years ago. They came alongside of us with the thought of striking out to serve just like we did, so they started donating per strikeout,” said Clayton Kershaw. “It’s been an amazing partnership and now they’re one of our sponsors in our ping pong event we do in LA every year. Really at the end of the day, we’re just all trying to help some kids out. It’s a really cool partnership.”
As part of the partnership, Clayton Kershaw attended a game at The Miracle League of Las Vegas, an organization that offers individuals with cognitive and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball. Kershaw pitched for both of the teams that were in attendance.
“We went over to the Miracle League field, and we got to watch a game. I got to pitch to these kids,” Kershaw said. “All of the kids had disabilities so this field was made just for them to play baseball. It was really cool for me to see these kids get the chance to play baseball which otherwise they couldn’t if they didn’t have this field.”
Ellen and Clayton Kershaw founded Kershaw’s Challenge with a simple goal: To challenge and encourage people to use whatever passion, purpose or talent that they have been given to make an impact in the lives of at-risk children and communities in need. In addition to fostering strong connections in the Los Angeles and Dallas communities, the Kershaws also maintain a strong partnership in Zambia, where they have helped to construct and support an orphanage and currently are working to build another. In 2015, Kershaw’s will support work in the Dominican Republic for the first time. Clayton has received the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award from Major League Baseball in honor of his philanthropic work and overall commitment to his community.