Fans can join players in charity fantasy league
Kershaw, Ellis, Wilson, Maholm and Perez part of Big Blue Fantasy Football League
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, Brian Wilson, A.J. Ellis, Chris Perez and Paul Maholm are participating in the inaugural Big Blue Fantasy Football League, with fans invited to play and proceeds benefitting charities.
Interested fans will make a one-time donation ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to join the league and take part in a draft with Dodgers players at the Stadium Club in Dodger Stadium on Monday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. Included will be a behind-the-scenes stadium tour, special batting practice access and tickets to that night's game against the Angels.
"We're all excited to share our passion of fantasy football to raise money for some great causes," said Ellis. "I'm looking forward to some good competition and a little trash talk in the Big Blue Fantasy Football League, but like all things I do, I'm playing to win, so bring your A game!"
The Big Blue Fantasy Football League is operated through a partnership with Big League Impact, which has brought together baseball stars from teams in 10 cities for charity fantasy football leagues. League winners will receive sponsor-donated prizes in order to maximize the proceeds to the charities, which include the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the Orthopaedic Institute for Children and the Big League Impact Basic Needs Initiative.
Information on the league can be found online at BigLeagueImpact.com, where fans can also register their team to take on Dodger players on the fantasy gridiron.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.