SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, have relaunched the website for Kershaw's Challenge, the couple's charitable commitment to build a new children's home in Zambia.
Kershaw will again donate $100 for every strikeout he records this season. That amounted to $24,800 last year. Kershaw also donated a portion of the monetary prizes he received for baseball honors and direct contributions added from others brought the total raised to $202,000.
Seventy percent of the project's proceeds go to Arise Africa in Zambia, while funds also go to three other nonprofit causes, including one in Southern California (the Peacock Foundation), one in the Kershaws' native state of Texas (Mercy Street in Dallas) and I Am Second.
"Baseball is more than just a passion of mine," Kershaw said. "It's a platform to do more, to give back to our community and to make a difference in the world. We all have a platform and a sphere of influence. No matter how old you are, you can make a difference right now. I encourage you to create a challenge of your own. Figure out what you are talented at or passionate about, and use that to give back to others. As I strike out to serve others this season, I encourage you to also give back in your own unique way."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.