Back to School Shopping Spree
Not only did 20 disadvantaged youth receive $100 apiece courtesy of the Dodgers Dream Foundation and Staples for a back-to-school shopping spree, they were able to spend it while being guided by a couple of Dodgers.
Dodger outfielder Jay Gibbons and former Dodger outfielder Rudy Law led the kids through an El Monte Staples while they picked out school supplies.
“You guys ready to do some shopping?” asked Gibbons as he met his group of kids. “I am. If you don’t want to, I will.”
Gibbons has three children, the oldest being 18-month-old twins, so they’re not ready yet for school shopping. But he remembers leading his parents around a store when he was a kid.
“I liked spending my parents’ money for sure — on clothes, on pencils and binders,” said Gibbons. “It’s always an exciting time going back to school.”
Law’s group led him to the computer section where he was bewildered by the changing times.
“Lord help me. We didn’t have a computer when I was a kid,” said Law, who made his Major League debut with the Dodgers in 1978.
The 20 children from the El Monte City School District left with backpacks, highlighters and other supplies. But the highlight of the event was being able to share it with some Dodgers. Gibbons even handed them tickets to a future Dodger game.