The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and 76 on Sept. 16 launched a collaboration to fuel access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for 5,000 students in Los Angeles.
“Teaming up with 76 affords us the opportunity to further our mission of providing STEM curriculum to youth in Los Angeles,” said CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Nichol Whiteman. “With [76’s] support, we’re able to train more teachers and offer a first of its kind STEM curriculum and accompanying kits to keep students engaged in science and math as they hit the age where their interests and test scores tend to decline.”
As part of the collaboration, 76 created a pin featuring the iconic Smilin’ Jack with proceeds benefiting LADF, and the company will donate $35,000 to kick start the campaign. The first 500 fans to donate $76 or more will receive a limited-edition Smilin’ Jack pin and a Dodgers 76 co-branded corduroy hat, while supplies last. LADF and 76 are asking Dodger fans to support this initiative by texting FUEL to 41623 to access the promotion online. Fans at Dodger Stadium can visit the LADF Homebase in the Centerfield Plaza at Dodger Stadium starting on Sept. 19, where 100 limited edition pin sets of six historical Dodger pins will be available with a donation of $76 or more, while supplies last.
Fans can also support the effort by participating in a special online auction from Sept. 27 through Oct. 7 at dodgers.com/auctions, which will feature game-used items and memorabilia autographed by your Los Angeles Dodgers. Additionally, fans can enter the 50/50 raffle on Oct. 1, when 50% of the pot will benefit the STEM programming.
“We’re working with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for a second year to address a cause valued by the Los Angeles community,” said Lou Burke, manager, branded sales, Phillips 66 Company. “Access to STEM curriculum is an important element in education today, and we are proud to continue supporting LADF in this work.”
As part of its continued commitment to improving education, LADF’s STEM curriculum was developed through a grant to Science of Sport to educate young people and spark curiosity in these subjects. LADF’s Science of Baseball program works to address the inequities that exist for Black, Latino and female students by partnering with schools in communities that need it most. To date, more than 150 teachers have been trained from Los Angeles Unified School District, Inglewood Unified School District and Compton Unified School District, serving 15,000 students. The LADF Science of Baseball curriculum utilizes baseball examples to improve student interest and performance in STEM. This curriculum has been designed for 3rd through 8th grades.