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May 15, 2018
Building goodwill in sports, in any language - China Softball and Your Call Football
A common language exists in sports, even when athletes gather together from across the world.
In the spirit goodwill, Historic Dodgertown recently invited members of the China Women’s National Softball Team and from Your Call Football together for a photo shoot. Both teams have been staying, training and playing games at the famed campus.
Respect, friendship and good-natured fun was clearly seen and experienced, both in front of and behind the camera.
Building goodwill through sports. That’s been a hallmark of Dodgertown’s legacy since opening in 1948.
“Having 90 Your Call Football players and 40 All-China Women’s National Softball players at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach at the same time, all getting along and bringing everyone together is special,” said Peter O’Malley, Historic Dodgertown Chairman. “These two distinct sporting activities demonstrate what Dodgertown is all about – training, playing and sharing the unique small campus atmosphere.”
For 70 years, Historic Dodgertown has led the way in building goodwill around the world. Offering a hand of friendship can be traced back to 1961 when the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants made their first team visit to Dodgertown and the Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training camp. From 1948-2008 Historic Dodgertown was the Dodgers Spring Training home.
Through the years international teams and executives have visited from South Korea, China, Australia, Canada, Japan, Italy, Ireland, France, Russia, Holland, Mexico, Taiwan, South America, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and from the U.S. as far as Hawaii and Alaska.
In the past few years visiting international teams include the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization, the China Women’s National Softball Team, the China Men’s National Baseball Team, the Chinese Amigo youth baseball team, the Montreal Alouettes, the Sasketchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
Building on 70 years of goodwill through sports continues today at Historic Dodgertown, and the future is bright, as seen with the China Women’s National Softball Team and Your Call Football players.
Featured China Softball athletes:
#8 - Xiao Qing (first base)
#14 Liu Yi Ning (outfield)
#30 - Wang Lan (pitcher)
#33 - Li Huan (shortstop.second base)
Featured Your Call Football athletes:
#18 - Bryan Bennett (quarterback, Southeastern Louisiana University)
#35 - Jacques Bryant (safety, Florida A & M)
#45 - Quinton Bradley (defensive end, Idaho)
#97 - Ashaad Mabry (defensive tackle, University of Texas at San Antonio)
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532