LOS ANGELES -- When reliever Josh Lindblom isn't busy striking out batters out of the bullpen, he and his wife, Aurielle, are in the community trying to give back and make a difference. On Wednesday, the couple launched their charity, the Josh Lindblom Foundation, by hosting more than 300 individuals from the Los Angeles Dream Center.
"We're so blessed that I'm able to play a game I love for a living and it's been a dream of mine ever since I've been younger," Lindblom said. "To have the opportunity to be able to give back to the community that gives us so much in return ... you look at the last two nights here and how much blue has been in the stands, and to be able to make an impact in people's lives is what this platform is all about."
Lindblom and his wife started work on the foundation in their hometown of West Lafayette, Ind. Ever since Lindblom debuted with the Dodgers in June 2011, they have worked to carry on their charitable efforts in Los Angeles.
The Josh Lindblom Foundation gives back to both communities.
"We still live in our hometown in Indiana, but we live here for seven months out of the year, so it's our home away from home and these fans make it feel like home," said Lindblom, who leads all qualifying Dodgers relievers with a 2.25 ERA. "It's an unbelievable experience to have the relationship with the Dream Center."
Aurielle said she is at the Dream Center four or five days a week volunteering and added that players like Matt Kemp and Scott Elbert, among others, have joined the couple there to lend a helping hand.
"To have the support from the Dodgers is huge," Aurielle said.