Dodgers, UnitedHealthcare beautify playgrounds, encourage children to get active

LOS ANGELES - As part of their support for back to school activities in August, the Los Angeles Dodgers alumni and staff will join nearly 275 UnitedHealthcare employees and Playworks staff Monday, Aug. 25, Tuesday, Aug. 26 and Wednesday, Aug. 27 in "Days of Service and Play" at 11 "Dodgers Community of Schools" locations surrounding Dodger Stadium.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and UnitedHealthcare are continuing their partnership to promote health and wellness and give children a clean, safe place to play at their schools.

The 11 Dodgers Community of Schools locations include Allessandro, Ann, Castelar, Clifford Street, Dorris Place, Elysian Heights, Logan, and Solano elementary schools as well as Irving, King and Nighingale Middle Schools. Volunteers will meet at Dodger Stadium for a kick-off rally and where they will be assigned service projects at each of the schools.

Volunteer activities will vary at each school, but will include recreational play and school beautification. Representatives from Playworks will work with volunteers to bring the power of play to the schools by playing four square, catch and jump rope with the children. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps will lead school-beautification projects, which include cleaning playgrounds and landscaping and restriping play areas.

"Being able to help our youngest fans through the 'Dodgers Community of Schools' is one of the initiatives we're most proud of," said Stan Kasten, president, Los Angeles Dodgers. "We are thrilled to work with UnitedHealthcare on the 'Days of Service and Play' again this year."

The Los Angeles Dodgers' "Community of Schools" is a partnership effort that focuses on student achievement, health and wellness and recreation through educational programs, civic engagement, strategic partnerships and student incentives.

"As a mission-driven organization that's dedicated to helping build healthier communities, we are excited to partner with the Dodgers to ensure children in Los Angeles have the tools to live healthier, more active lives," said Brandon Cuevas, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of California.

This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare's "Do Good. Live Well." employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.