Clayton Kershaw has a passion for philanthropy. He and his wife, Ellen, launched “Kershaw’s Challenge,” an organization that seeks to assist at-risk children and communities in need, and the Kershaws helped to build and sustain an orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia called, “Hope’s Home,” where many of the children suffer from diseases and infections related to HIV and AIDS. Clayton and Ellen also co-authored the book Arise in order to share the experiences that lead them to do mission work in Africa and to raise money for the cause. Clayton has been honored with the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award for his humanitarian work.
Professionally, Kershaw plays for MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. A left-handed starting pitcher, Kershaw has played in the Major Leagues since 2008 and his career earned run average is the lowest among starters in the live-ball era with a minimum of 1,000 innings pitched.
Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB Draft and worked his way through the Dodgers’ farm system in just one full season, reaching the majors at only 20 years old. In 2011, he won the pitching Triple Crown and the National League Cy Young Award, becoming the youngest pitcher to accomplish either of these feats since Dwight Gooden in 1985. In 2013, Kershaw won his second Cy Young Award, making him the youngest left-hander to win a second time and one of only 17 people to ever win more than once.
Kershaw made his fourth straight opening day start for the Dodgers in 2014, only the fourth Dodger ever to do so.