FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2017
Independence Day Tournament at Historic Dodgertown to welcome teams for youth baseball competition
Letter writing opportunity to support Operation Gratitude available during the holiday tournament
VERO BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2017) – Youth baseball teams will celebrate this holiday weekend, July 1-4, by playing in Historic Dodgertown’s Independence Day Tournament. The teams, from as far as Indiana, Georgia and throughout Florida, represent players from 12U to 18U.
Historic Dodgertown is also pleased to support Operation Gratitude and offer participants and guests a letter writing opportunity during the tournament, which will be delivered to troops serving our country.
Tables will be set up between Fields 1 and 2 (on Vin Scully Way) with paper, pens and colored markers so players, families and guests can take a moment to thank active servicemen and women. Following the tournament, Historic Dodgertown will send all the letters to Operation Gratitude for their dissemination. Participants can know their words will encourage someone abroad.
Historic Dodgertown is forever tied to the U.S. Military. The facility opened in 1948 on the site of a former Naval Air Base. From 1948 to 1972 Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers stayed in the former Naval barracks. Players who stayed in the original housing famously and fondly remembered the “good old days” of the barracks. The new hotel villa rooms were dedicated in 1972, and the adjacent Conference Center in 1974.
Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to veterans, first responders, new recruits, wounded heroes, their care givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1,600,000 care packages.
From 1948-2008, Historic Dodgertown was the Spring Training home of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. Today, the same fields and facilities used by the teams are the same as trained and played on by Hall of Famers from Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Sandy Koufax, to managers Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda, and to recent inductees Pedro Martinez and Mike Piazza, both of whom started their careers right here at Dodgertown in Vero Beach. Overall, more than 140 Hall of Famers have played or visited Historic Dodgertown since its opening.
In addition to fields to accommodate baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and fitness training, Historic Dodgertown also boasts a conference center for meetings, events and retreats, hotel villa rooms, and impressive recreational amenities — competition-size swimming pool and deck to accommodate up to 500 guests, lighted tennis and basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, major league designed fitness rooms and paths for walking and jogging.
Historic Dodgertown is located at 3901 26th Street in Vero Beach. Admission to watch the games this weekend is $5 per person, per day, and anyone can join in the efforts to support Operation Gratitude. The schedule of games is located here, under 2017 Game Schedule and Results.
To learn more about Historic Dodgertown please visit www.HistoricDodgertown.com.
To learn more about Operation Gratitude, please visit www.OperationGratitude.com.
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