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.