Kershaw's Challenge 2017-HERE we go!

It's time!! Spring is here and it's time for Dodger baseball AND a brand new season of Kershaw's Challenge. This week the Dodgers officially began the 2017 season with a big win over the San Diego Padres 14-3, with Clayton pulling out 8 strikeouts! See some of the day's fun below. And what a beautiful day it was for some baseball too!

{Photos by: Jon SooHoo}

{Photos by: Jon SooHoo}

As we usher in a brand new season of baseball, let's welcome our 2017 beneficiaries!  We feel like the Lord has given us a heart to serve in four different locations around the globe: Dallas, Los Angeles, the Dominican Republic and Zambia. Again in 2017, we are excited to partner with organizations in these locations who are actively making life better for kids. We encourage you to get to know our friends (see websites below). In 2017, every dollar raised will go towards these awesome organizations and specific projects:

Arise Africa :: Zambia

- Building the school -

Last year we were able to identify and purchase the land for a brand new community school in the N’gombe compound of Lusaka. Now it’s time to begin the funding to build the school! Architects have rendered some incredible plans and we are so excited to watch them come to life.

For more information and updates about the school and projects, visit ariseafrica.org.

 

 Behind Every Door :: Dallas, Texas

- Building a community center and programming -

It has been such a joy to get to know the people and work of Behind Every Door. They serve in two different areas of South Dallas and this year we are excited to join their work at the Willow Pond apartment complex. Currently, Behind Every Door uses a small apartment to host their gatherings and services at Willow Pond. We’d love to help make their dream for a community center a reality. Our 2017 funds will go towards building a center and equipping it with great after-school programs for the children living in the area.

To see more of what Behind Every Door is doing in the Dallas community, visit behindeverydoor.org.

 

CURE International :: Dominican Republic

- Surgeries and Clubfoot Program -

We believe our highest calling with our friends at CURE is to make life-altering surgeries for children living in the DR. So that’s our focus this year—making it possible for children to receive renewed life through surgeries at CURE. Also this year, we are excited to fund the Clubfoot program at the hospital—a program that treats children born with clubfoot through a series of casting.

To learn more about how CURE is helping children in the Dominican Republic, visit cure.org.

 

Dream Center :: Los Angeles

- Foster Care Intervention and Back to School Bash -

We LOVED being part of the Back to School Bash last year. It is a tangible way that Kershaw’s Challenge can support and equip school-aged kids living in LA. We are excited to sponsor this great event again this year. Additionally, we would love to allocate our funds to the Foster Care Intervention program—giving families everything they need to ensure their children remain in their custody.

Learn more about the vision and work of the Dream Center and how you can also get involved at dreamcenter.org.

 

Join our team!

So what is Kershaw's Challenge all about?

Kershaw’s Challenge would not exist without YOU. From year to year, our focus remains the same: to make life better for vulnerable and at-risk youth around the globe. It is a lofty goal, impossible without the transforming work of the Lord and the benevolence of others. We are so grateful for our growing team of supporters and hope that you will consider joining us again this year. We live in a world that is desperate to know the hope of the gospel and the kindness and provision from others. With that in mind, we are thrilled to launch another season of Kershaw’s Challenge.

 We have some great ways you can get involved in our work and be part of our team. Consider how you can come alongside us in 2017:

Give Per Strikeout

Our Strikeout to Serve campaign is in full swing starting Opening Day. Clayton makes a donation for every strikeout he makes—you can do the same! Visit our website to sign up.

Support or Sponsor

Every dollar counts. Consider giving to Kershaw’s Challenge as a donor or event sponsor! We’d love to tell you about specific opportunities for 2017!

What’s your Challenge?

Create your own challenge—just like Clayton’s personal challenge with strikeouts. And tell us about it on our website!

Grab some gear!

We love seeing our KC gear around town…and around the world! Check out our store for new shirts and hats. Also checked out some official signed memorabilia—all proceeds going to Kershaw’s Challenge.

Attend our events!

We are excited to host our two annual events again this year: PingPong4Purpose in LA on July 27th and Kershaw’s Challenge LIVE in Dallas in November. Attend or sponsor!

 

Thank you for considering joining our team! It’s a joy to partner with you in making life better for children worldwide.

-The Kershaw Family and KC Team

 

Spring Training PingPong4Purpose

We decided that Spring Training shouldn’t just be time to prepare for the upcoming baseball season…our ping-pong skills needed a little dusting off, too! This year, Kershaw’s Challenge hosted the first annual Spring Training PingPong4Purpose event at the Arizona Biltmore. This night was a fun way to kick off a new KC project we are so excited to tell you about. This is a new project born out of a dream.

We love to dream! While we continue to focus our efforts on the projects and beneficiaries of Kershaw’s Challenge, we also want to continue to DREAM about what comes next. Several years ago, Clayton and Ellen had the opportunity to be involved in the building of a handicap accessible baseball field in Los Angeles. They were blown away by the project and the need that it met in the city. Since that time, we have been talking about what it would be like to replicate this project in their hometown of Dallas. There is a lot of work to be done, but our Spring Training event began the process of turning the dream into a reality. And we just can’t get over how fun it was too!

The event kicked off Saturday night, March 4th.  It was a night without night games, so a great chance for the MLB teams to compete in something other than baseball. All MLB teams were invited to participate by submitting their own doubles team for the single elimination tournament. Teams were selected very carefully and 16 doubles teams showed up with their game faces on (and their kiddos ready for some face painting and food fun) for a chance to claim victory. As you can imagine, these guys don’t miss a chance for some good ole’ fashioned competition. And plus, the winning stakes were high!

A little over 150 people attended the event, making donations at the door to KC. 50% of the proceeds were to be donated to Kershaw’s Challenge (handicap building project) and the other 50% would be donated to the winner’s choice charity. We were blown away with what the event raised. Just over $14,000 was donated the night-of! Incredible. Clayton and his partner Scott ended up pulling out the big win in the end…as well as Dodger bragging rights until next year’s event.

Needless to say, this night was tons of fun! It was the perfect event for families to gather for fun together as well as move towards making a dream into a reality. Lord willing, this event will continue for years to come, moving us one step closer to bringing baseball to families in Dallas that may never have had the chance otherwise. God is good! And the KC Team really loves ping-pong. Thanks for your love and support as well. We couldn’t do what we do without you!