Clayton Kershaw isn’t just known as the all-star pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the MLB, he’s also known for being one of the most charitable celebrities in sports. When he isn’t charming the baseball crowd with his million dollar smile, he’s pitching like it’s nobody’s business.
When the baseball star is off duty, he’s rounding up his famous friends to join him for his Kershaw Challenge and annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event. “It’s amazing to see the event and evolution of it all,” he says about his foundation and charity event growing every year. “It’s pretty special.”
The annual fundraising event features a ping pong tournaments, special games, and a high-end auction that raises money to help those in need. “More than anything, we’re getting [to] raise more money and it’s pretty special to see,” Clayton Kershaw said.
And when we say he invites his celebrity friends, we mean big-time superstars like Susan Sarandon, Will Ferrell, Mario Lopez and Eric Stonestreet to name a few. The Dodgers’ pitcher was more than excited to see his teammates join in on the fun.
Clayton Kershaw got emotional after catcher A.J. Ellis was traded on Thursday.
“Just having all of [the] teammates come out, on a whole off-night.” He added, “They don’t get to come out very often so, pretty cool for all of them to show up.”
It’s almost like Clayton Kershaw is knot that ties the team closer, and that’s why his charity event is a fun way to bring his team together. The Dodgers are so tight that it was shocking to learn backup catcher A. J. Ellis was traded to Philadelphia. And no one took the surprising news harder than Clayton.
LA Times reporter, Andy McCullough reported, “Ellis described Kewshaw as “shocked” by the trade. The two men wept together.”
According to Fox Sports, the two teammates were close. Both of them came up through the minors and made their major-league debut in the 2008 season. They played one last game together and said goodbye on Thursday night.