This morning, I was fortunate enough to be one of several members of the Dodger organization to join Don Newcombe, "Sweet" Lou Johnson and Frank McCourt at the annual Los Angeles OIC Breakfast of Champions. Even if you’ve never heard of this organization, don’t stop reading. This was really cool.
The organization, whose slogan is Helping People Help Themselves, have named an award after Newk and the winner this year was Frank McCourt, who graciously accepted it on behalf of everyone at the Dodgers for the community efforts at the team. Sweet Lou, who introduced Frank, was nearly in tears on the dais because of everything, he said, that the organization and the McCourts have done for him. Frank’s speech was really very good, but the highlight probably wasn’t him or any of the high profile speakers like L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Burke or Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
The final honoree was Eva Mae Tucker, a graduate of the LA OIC, which serves as a mentoring program for African-American and other minority youth in Los Angeles. Though probably only in her early 20s, her speech was incredible and I’ve asked her to send me a copy that I will post portions of to the blog when I get it. UPDATE: Here’s the file: Download Achievement.pdf
Anyway, while this isn’t baseball news, it’s an organization supported by the Dodgers and certainly worthy of your time if you’re looking for a way to give back to the community.