Los Angeles, CA (August 27, 2014) - Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen will host their 2nd Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose celebrity charity event on Thursday, September 4th on the field at Dodger Stadium. Limited tickets and sponsorship packages can still be obtained and donations made will benefit Kershaw's Challenge, a non-profit foundation which works to transform at-risk communities and the lives of children in Los Angeles, Dallas and Zambia. For more information, visit www.kershawschallenge.com/pp4p.
The event will feature celebrities and athletes, including Kershaw's Dodgers teammates, in a single elimination ping pong tournament, with a silent auction and live entertainment by DJ Skee throughout the tournament. Chris Harrison (ABC's "Bachelor/Bachelorette") will serve as the emcee. Uberpong is the table tennis sponsor and the tournament manager for the event.
"We are excited to host our 2nd Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event on the field at Dodger Stadium," said Clayton Kershaw. "Ellen and I are thrilled this event provides a way to combine our passion for making a difference in the lives of children with an activity that has become such a favorite of the Dodgers clubhouse. We're looking forward to a great night for a great cause."
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw founded Kershaw's Challenge with one goal: To challenge and encourage people to use whatever passion, purpose or talent that they have been given to make an impact on the lives of others in need. The charity partners with organizations both locally and abroad to renew hope one life at a time. In addition to fostering strong connections in the Los Angeles and Dallas communities, the Kershaws also have helped to build and support an orphanage in Zambia over the past two years.
Major League Baseball recognized the Kershaws' tireless efforts to give back to those in need, awarding Clayton the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award. He is the youngest-ever recipient of the award, which honors the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field. Clayton and Ellen are excited to build upon this recognition and further expand their charitable reach.
Official Sponsors and Partners of the Ping Pong 4 Purpose event include: Southern California Acura Dealers, Uberpong, Under Armour, Muscle Milk, Budweiser, Excel Sports Management, Wilson Sporting Goods, Art of the Game, Gamevil, Uber, ONEHOPE Wine, Sands Casino, Security Benefit, Best Beverages Catering and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Confirmed celebrities to date include: Chris Harrison, host of ABC's Bachelor and Bachelorette; Will Ferrell, Actor/Comedian; Jerry Ferrara, Actor on Entourage; Josh Henderson, Actor on Dallas; Chris Paul, LA Clipper & 7x NBA All-Star; Craig Robinson, Actor in This Is The End and Hot Tub Time Machine; Jake Johnson, Actor on New Girl; Anthony Anderson, Actor/Comedian on Black-ish; Mario Lopez, TV Personality on EXTRA; Nick Young, LA Lakers; Kevin Frazier, TV Personality on OMG! The Insider; Matt Leinart, Former NFL QB; Holly Robinson Peete, Actress on 21 Jump Street; Rodney Peete, Former NFL QB; Logan Marshall Green, Actor on Dark Blue & The O.C.; Marcellus Wiley, Host of ESPN's SportsNation; Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live; John Cho, actor on Sleepy Hollow and Selfie; Jaleel White, actor on Family Matters; Omar Miller, actor on CSI Miami; Ben Lyons, film critic & entertainment reporter; Chris "Drama" Pfaff, TV personality on MTV's Fantasy Factory; David Henrie, actor on How I Met Your Mother; Chris Rose, host on MLB Network; Kevin Millar, former MLB player and host on MLB Network, and more. *Celebrities scheduled to attend are subject to change.
About Kershaw's Challenge:
Kershaw's Challenge was created in 2011 by Clayton and Ellen Kershaw to challenge and encourage people to use whatever passion, purpose or talent that they have been given to make an impact on the lives of others in need. The Kershaw's believe in the transformation of at-risk children and communities through the benevolence and impact of others, and partner with organizations that are committed to this as well. For more information go to www.kershawschallenge.com.