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While we complain about petty things, Clayton Kershaw is in Africa working at his orphanage

Jan 4, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

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Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times gives us the heads up to Clayton Kershaw‘s offseason activities: he and his his wife are in Zambia working at an orphanage their charity foundation sponsors:

The small orphanage opened last year, and the Kershaws are there now with a team of 23, bringing additional donations, working on the site and interacting with the first eight orphans … The Kershaws are searching for additional sponsors for the orphans. They wrote that the current eight are sleeping in beds for the first time in their lives.

Kinda puts our complaints about the weather, our post-holidays weight, bowl games, the Hall of Fame and any number of other things in perspective.

If you want to follow the Kershaw’s activities and/or see what you can do to help them with the orphanage, go to their blog here, which is being updated by Ellen Kershaw.

  1. biasedhomer - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Always nice to see people actually doing things hands on, rather than just support with money alone.

    • shawndc04 - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      >> rather than just support with money alone.<<

      Not sure that I agree with that part. Some of us are not touchy-feely (meant in a good way), and are more comfortable supporting a cause by helping to fund it. I don't think that there is necessarily a one size fits all. (;^)

      • madhatternalice - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Agreed. Giving money to a charity is one way to help, just as getting your elbows dirty is another. I’m perfectly willing to donate my time to a worthy cause, but almost never my money. Plenty of people are the exact opposite. Anyone giving anything to a charity is worthy of praise, regardless of what they actually gave.

      • sportsdrenched - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Excellent Point. “Giving” can be time, money, or talent. There are some times money works out better, and there are times doing work works better.

    • ezthinking - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Would have been even better to work at an orphanage in, you know, Los Angeles.

      • yahmule - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        Like, you know, you do.

      • byesac - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        Damn, you are one cynical jackass.

      • byesac - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Or, you must be a Giants fan.

      • ezthinking - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Nah, just someone who looks out for those in need around him rather than on the other side of the world. You don’t have to go to Africa to find those in need.

        And I do volunteer for several organizations. Here’s a couple of them.

        http://www.youthandfamilyservices.org/

        http://www.cornerstonemission.org/

        I just believe in taking care of my backyard before I help someone else with theirs. I guess I’m selfish. My bad.

      • indaburg - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        By the way, he does give back to Los Angeles, not that it makes his efforts any more admirable. According to his web site:

        “Out of every dollar you donate to Kershaw’s Challenge:
        70% will be donated to Arise Africa for Phase II of Hope’s Home
        10% will be donated to Mercy Street in Dallas, Texas
        10% will be donated to the Peacock Foundation in Los Angeles, California
        10% will be donated to I Am Second in Dallas, Texas”

        Excellent work by a good guy.

      • joegolfer - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:08 AM

        Glad to see that “indaburg” noted that Kershaw gives to several charities.
        Thanks, “indaburg”, for looking into that.
        It’s sad to see “ezthinking”‘s statement at all, and then to try to justify it by later stating that you volunteer at a couple of other charities.
        This isn’t our gov’t giving away your tax dollars to someone else, and you have no say in where the money goes.
        People who give to this charity know where the money is going, so there simply can’t be any logical rationale to your reasoning.
        Do homeless, starving children count less because they live on another continent? I hope others do not share your viewpoint, “ezthinking”. If we followed that sort of logic, then we’d only give to local charities, and some silly folks might even extrapolate it so that Latinos give only to Latino charities and African-Americans give only to African-American charities and Caucasians to Caucasian charities, and so on, as everyone should “take care of their own backyard first”, as you like to put it in your other post.

  2. darthicarus - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    But Kobe Bryant just joined Twitter & that chick with the huge ass is having a baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • tuberippin - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      ermagerhd

  3. normcash - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    So many athletes claim to be “Christian” (often as an excuse for some kind of
    bigotry or other)…but here’s a genuinely good man walking the walk. All the best to Clayton
    and Ellen!

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Exactly. This is the kind of Christianity I can get behind. Not sure why they chose Tebow as their posterboy athlete when there are people like Kershaw who are actually improving the world.

      • thereisaparty - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        I am no Tebow fan, but trying to say he doesn’t dedicate time and money to serve others is insane. That is an integral part of his narrative.

      • Kevin S. - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

        The family does missionary work in the Phillippines. Which is already 95% Catholic. Much of his “serving others” is simply trying to convert people from one brand of Christianity to another. Yawn. I’ll take Kershaw’s efforts over Tebow’s public piety any day. Clayton’s actually doing something for someone.

  4. kiwicricket - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    The photos of their trip are wonderful. Really are.

  5. losanginsight - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    after KKKKKKershaw sign$ his extension he will be able to by Africa

  6. crookedstick - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    This is a huge departure from the athletes who set up “charitable foundations” that are used mostly for tax shelter purposes and then give friends and family members overpaid positions for work that never accomplishes the stated mission.

    • Old Gator - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Many professional athletes use their newfound wealth for charitable purposes. Who, for example, are you accusing of setting up these bogus charities? Which charities? Which relatives?

      • thereisaparty - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        http://deadspin.com/5922846/a-bunch-of-athletes-run-sketchy-charities

        This is not breaking news

      • crookedstick - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/it_jock_crock_rb6wV1sD4xhjejETfpRP3I#ixzz1zRSybqde

  7. romoscollarbone - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Great story. Good for him and even better for the kids. They will enrich each others’ lives.

  8. erk877 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    While I commend him for being an upstanding and decent guy, not succumbing to the typical stuff a millionaire phenom his age tends to, perhaps he can come to grips with the fact that the main reason Africa is rife with AIDS orphans is because religious zealots do everything possible to discourage the use of condoms and the education of safe sex. While his heart may be in the right place, the fundamentalist dogma of his organization will guarantee that its mission will have to continue.

    • yahmule - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      I am not a religious, quite the opposite, and I’m very cognizant of the damage that can be done by fundamentalists of every type, especially in developing nations. That said, there are many different variations of Christianity. Kershaw certainly doesn’t come off as a fundamentalist. He never mentions God in post game interviews or points to the sky on the field, gestures that are very common among religious athletes. He’s really the anti-Tebow in a lot of ways, although he doesn’t criticize athletes who are more demonstrative or vocal in their beliefs. I think to immediately assume his organization is going to advance a strict fundamentalist dogmatic approach is a bit presumptuous.

  9. jayscarpa - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Nice couple

  10. chiefmac64 - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    It’s pretty sickening when people decide to argue over someone else’s choices in serving humanity. Especially when you feel defensive enough to provide resume info on where you serve. Just because you feel led to serve here in the US or overseas doesn’t mean you’ve cornered the market on morality or charitable service. This young couple felt led to do this BEFORE he ever received a seven figure contract? Let’s celebrate their awesome commitment to serving others with their own time, $ and hands on service and leave your petty bickering and self proclaimed righteousness out of this discussion.

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