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Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 26, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 3-2.
In January Off-Ramp did a feature on L.A. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his charity work last year with the Dallas-based nonprofit Arise Africa. The reigning Cy Young Award winner donated $100 for each one of his league-leading 248 strikeouts to help build homes for orphans in Zambia.
This season the 23 year-old pitcher is at it again, motivating himself to strike out opponents not just for his team, but for his charity project, Kershaw's Challenge: Striking Out to Serve. This year 70% of the funds will go the children's home in Zambia to help furnishing the orphanage and buy nearby farmland so the children can learn to grow crops. The rest of the money will be split among three other non-profits, including the Peacock Foundation in Los Angeles. The Peacock Foundation uses rescued animals for a therapy program that brings healing to at-risk and traumatized children and their families.
Check out Off-Ramp's story on Clayton and his wife Ellen to learn about their work, their travels to Africa, and the book they released earlier this year.