Why Anthony Anderson and Billie Jean King are Giving Back with the Dodgers Foundation

Variety | 6/10/2019 | Dano Nissen


Celebrities and athletes came together at the Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala to celebrate the team’s commitment to supporting youth and to catch a glimpse of the event’s headliner: Bruno Mars.

Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss were honored at the fifth annual event, which raised over $3 million for programs benefiting Los Angeles youth.

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“I was born and raised in Compton,” “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson told Variety on the blue carpet about why he supports the Dodgers Foundation, especially LADF initiatives like teaching students how to do CPR and giving LAUSD students free eye exams. “It’s because of what they do in the community, particularly the community I come from.”

Billie Jean King is also from Southern California and opened up about growing up in Long Beach with her brother.

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“We were park kids; we had free coaching in the parks. And my brother became a major league baseball player for 12 years. I got to be number one in the world for tennis,” she told reporters. “The only reason is because we had free access. I am living proof.”

The tennis legend went on to praise the Dodgers Foundation for building baseball diamonds across the city, which she credits for increasing black...
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