LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Los Angeles City Council declares Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, "Justin Turner Day" in honor of the Dodgers third baseman's charity work and impact on the community.
The recognition is part of the Dodgers' 16th annual community service week, which will have the team and its players participate in a number of activities and events. Turner, 34, was a big contributor to the Dodgers' season, batting .312 for the year, but the City Council will be highlighting his charitable work, which includes the Justin Turner Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless veterans and children in need.
Following the City Hall ceremony, the team will take part in a number of other activities throughout the week, including an enlistment and re-enlistment ceremony at Dodger Stadium for all branches of the military. On Wednesday, during lunch and batting practice, the team will host more than 350 firefighters who battled wildfires in Southern California.
For Turner, it's the latest honor that's come of his endless work in the community. He was named the Dodgers' nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award, which is presented annually to a player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
While Turner probably won't be able to make it due to Dodgers Fan Fest being held on the same day, fans can come see other former Titans at Goodwin Field Saturday Jan. 26 for the annual Alumni game at 1:00 p.m. PT.
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