Los Angeles Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw wrapped up his 2013 regular season with a 16-9 record and an astounding 1.83 earned run average that could garner the Dallas native his second Cy Young Award in three seasons.
Called one of the top tree pitchers in the majors by his peers, Kershaw and his wife Ellen use his "star power" to raise money with Kershaw's Challenge, his non-profit foundation that works to transform at-risk communities and the lives of children in Los Angeles, Dallas and Zambia , Africa.
To date this year alone, Kershaw's Challenge has raised about $181,000.00 to help the lives of kids at home and in Africa.
Some of the monies raised were at Kershaw's inaugural Ping-Pong 4 Purpose Fundraiser at Dodger Stadium in August. Kershaw is the Dodgers clubhouse Ping-Pong champion and set up a tournament including his Dodgers teammates and stars of Screen and Sport to raise money for his foundation.
TV stars the likes of "Friends" Matthew Perry and Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" took part in the event.
Obviously, a rousing success, Kershaw is as proud to be able to help people in need because of what he does on the field of play. Click on the accompanying video to hear from Kershaw and some of his friends during the Ping-Pong 4 Purpose event.
Kershaw and the National League Western Division Champion Dodgers begin the Division Series playoffs Thursday August 4th against either the Atlanta Braves or the St. Louis Cardinals.
For more information on the foundation and its events click Kershaw's Challenge.