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Los Angeles, CA (August 21, 2013) – Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen will host their Inaugural Ping Pong 4 Purpose celebrity charity event on Thursday, August 29th at Dodger Stadium. Limited tickets and sponsorship packages can still be obtained and donations made through the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation with all proceeds benefiting 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.dodgers.com/kershaw or www.kershawschallenge.com.

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 preceding the tournament. Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") will serve as the emcee. Omni Hotels & Resorts is the official Title Sponsor of Ping Pong 4 Purpose, and Under Armour is the Supporting Sponsor. Joola is the table tennis sponsor, and the National Table Tennis Association (NATT) is the tournament manager for the event.

"We are excited to host our 1st annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event 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.

Confirmed celebrities to date include: Magic Johnson, former Los Angeles Lakers point guard & 5x NBA Champion; Kareem Abdul Jabbar, former Los Angeles Lakers center & 6x NBA Champion; Larry King, television & radio host; George Lopez, comedian, actor & talk show host; Eric Stonestreet, star on Modern Family; Ty Burrell, star on Modern

Family; Maria Menounos, actress & television host; Tony La Russa, former St. Louis Cardinals Manager & 3x World Series Champion; Ken Jeong, comedian & actor in The Hangover film series; Jason Bateman, actor on Arrested Development; Alyssa Milano, actress on Mistresses; Lamorne Morris, comedian & actor on New Girl; Kim Gilbert, professional table tennis champion; Soo Yeon Lee, professional table tennis champion; Ben Lyons, film critic & entertainment reporter; and more. *Celebrities scheduled to attend are subject to change.

Official Sponsors and Partners of the Ping Pong 4 Purpose event include: Omni Hotels & Resorts, Under Armour, Muscle Milk, Budweiser, Wells Fargo, Joola, NATT, Wilson Sporting Goods, Time Warner Cable, GW Global, Popchips, Flywheel, LYFE Kitchen, Uber, Hidden Garden, FRIGO by RevolutionWear, and Best Beverages Catering. Official VIP Gift Bag sponsors include: Murad Skin Care, Carl's Jr., Kabuki Restaurants, Marchon Eyewear, Dots Cupcakes, KIND Healthy Snacks, Exhale Spa, Veggie Grill and The Honest Company.

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 Kershaws 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.

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