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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2007 > Little League Urban Initiative, LA Dodgers Dream Foundation Unveil Field at Culver Marina Little League

Little League Urban Initiative, LA Dodgers Dream Foundation Unveil Field at Culver Marina Little League

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (May 18, 2007) – The Little League Urban Initiative and the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation have come together to improve recreational activities in Area C of the State of California-controlled Ballona Wetlands in Culver City, Calif., by revitalizing the home field of the Culver Marina Little League, formerly Playa Vista Little League.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe, above, and former Dodger Ken Landreaux, below, attended the field dedication ceremony for Culver Marine Little League in Culver City, Calif. Also attending the ceremony were David James, director of the Little League Urban Initiative, and Jim Gerstenslager, director of Little League’s Western based in San Bernardino, Calif.

The Little League Urban Initiative, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation, provided $100,000 for renovations to one of three baseball fields located in Area C. Highlighting the improvements were construction of fencing around the field, along with the installation of sod, an irrigation system, bases and foul poles, new signage, and top soil for the infield and warning track.

A dedication ceremony was held at the field site to unveil the improvements. Attending the event were Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe and former Dodger player Ken Landreaux, Howard Sunkin (senior vice president of public affairs for the Dodgers), David L. James (director of the Little League Urban Initiative), Jim Gerstenslager (director of Little League Baseball and Softball’s Western Region) and Jon Mosier (president, Landmark Construction Solutions).

“Little League is pleased to complete the last of three field renovation projects with the Dodgers, and the Dodgers’ Dream Foundation,” Mr. James said. “The Culver Marina Little League is a deserving recipient of this latest project. They have done an outstanding job at providing a quality Little League program for the children and adults of this community.”

The project was approved and supported by the California Department of Fish and Game, and the California Coastal Conservancy. Culver Marina Little League is a member of the Ballona Wetland Restoration Project.

The Little League Urban Initiative, with the support of the Dodgers Dream Fields program, presented Culver Marina Little League with the third of three grants earmarked for the Los Angeles area. Wrigley Little League and City of Angels Little League were recipients of the first two capital improvement grants.

Since its inception in 1999, the Little League Urban Initiative has collaborated on a total of 18 field renovation and development projects, with five being completed in California.

“We would also like to thank the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Coastal Conservancy for their support in completing the Culver Marina Little League Project,” Mr. James said. “The renovations to this field have provided a sense of pride and enhanced the spirit of community for the league’s children and volunteers.”

The Dodgers Dream Foundation has placed special emphasis on helping traditionally under-served youth by providing education, athletic and recreational opportunities for the children of Los Angeles. The Dodgers Dream Fields program has spearheaded four field renovation projects in recent years.

The Little League Urban Initiative is now operating in more than 200 leagues in nearly 85 cities in the United States. Through 2006, the Urban Initiative has stimulated the participation of nearly 33,000 children who have come together to form an additional 2,800 Little League teams.

The Culver Marina Little League in Culver City, Calif., recently unveiled its new Little League Field during a dedication ceremony. The Little League Urban Initiative and Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation collaborated on the project.