Kershaw's Challenge: Fernando Valenzuela Autographed Canvas Print by Stephen Holland, EK052462
Closing Bid: $400.00
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Bid now on this Fernando Valenzuela Autographed Canvas Print by Stephen Holland, EK052462. As the world's leading sports artist, Stephen Holland enjoys the title of official artist to many of the great sports teams in America. His is long history with the Los Angeles Dodgers is truly something special. Over the years Holland has captured in paint their greatest moments and players. Even for a team that has had such a consistently rich history filled with so many moments and stellar players worthy of celebrating, there are two specific golden eras that stand out. Both were led by two of the greatest lefty pitchers to have stood upon the mound, Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela.
If you lived in LA during the 80's, you were in the midst of "Fernando-Mania." In 1980 an unknown, 20 year old Mexican National, was brought up from the minors to play in the last month of the season. And in that short time he held the teams own in a drawn-out neck and neck battle for the division championship. From that moment on the game of baseball in LA was notched to full volume. With "El Toro" now throwing his signature screwballs, there was not a moment in Dodger-land where baseball was anything less then exciting. And Holland as he always does, captured every bit of it in his painting. Along with the feeling of the time, Holland also brought us the unique style of a pitcher who threw like no-other. In the background of the painting he's shown Fernando at the precise moment when his wind-up would hit it's pinnacle and Fernando's eyes would raise up into the sky above him, almost as if he had chosen to look to the heavens. In the foreground a pitcher that no batter wanted to face. Both were distinctly Valenzuela.- by: Danny Stern
Kershaw's Challenge began in 2011 with a little girl named Hope, a very evident need in her life, and the realization of a platform to do great things. Today, Hope is 13 years old. She was born in Lusaka, Zambia, and has battled with HIV her entire life. Ellen Kershaw met Hope when she was 9 years old. At the time, Hope was a vulnerable orphan, sick and malnourished, and was accustomed to surviving on the streets. The two instantly connected. Ellen and Clayton committed that summer to make life better for Hope by sponsoring her through a ministry organization--providing food, education and medication.
In December of 2010, Clayton traveled to Zambia for the first time. After years of seeing pictures, Clayton was in disbelief at the depth of poverty. He met Hope. Though the funds through sponsorship were making a difference, Hope was still lacking one critical need: a safe place to call home. This need--this little girl--was the beginning of Kershaw's Challenge.
Coming home, Clayton and Ellen had the vision of building a home for Hope and children just like her. Clayton came up with the idea of "Strikeout to Serve" during the 2011 baseball season—donating per strikeout to make the home a reality. In 2012, Kershaw's Challenge expanded to support organizations in Los Angeles and Dallas in addition Zambia.
In December of 2012, the first 8 children--including Hope--moved into the Arise Home. For the first time, they had beds to sleep in, a loving family of brothers and sisters, nurturing house mothers to tuck them in at night, full bellies everyday, and a private school education. 2015 is an exciting new season for Kershaw's Challenge. We will continue our work in Los Angeles, Dallas and Zambia. For the first time, we will expand our efforts into the Dominican Republic.
Kershaw's Challenge is committed to transforming the lives of children in America, Africa and the Dominican Republic. Our goal is to partner with organizations that are committed to this as well. We aim to empower others to join our cause in unique ways - creating their own challenge or joining Clayton in his challenge. Since 2011, Kershaw's Challenge has given away over 1.8 million dollars to underprivileged children like Hope. Together with our supporters and beneficiaries, we long to make life better for children worldwide.
About Charity: Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is bigger than baseball with ambitions to be the city’s premier charity. We envision a city where everyone regardless of zip code has the opportunity to thrive. We are tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Since 1995, we have invested more than $30 million in programs and grants to nonprofits, and fundraising has increased by 1,000% since 2012. That growth has enabled us to do more.
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