This year's World Series between the Dodgers and the Astros certainly delivered some amazing baseball; save for the anticlimactic Game 7. The home runs and the drama were epic. Clayton Kershaw finally played in his first World Series and while he may have disappointed slightly in the epic Game 5, he played great in relief in Game 7, but unfortunately, the Dodgers were already too far behind. Clayton Kershaw has been with the Dodgers for 10 seasons. He has a 114 wins and 64 losses with a 2.36 ERA. He also is a three time Cy Young winner seven time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner. He has had a lot of success on the field as well as off the field. Kershaw singed signed a 7 year $215 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 2014 making him a Dodger until at least the 2021 season.
He married his high school sweet hart Ellen Kershaw and they have done so much off the baseball diamond that I'll explain in this list. From their trips to Africa to help put an end child hunger to starting different foundations they are very active in the community and giving back. In this article I will tell you 15 things you probably didn't know about Clayton Kersahw's marriage.
15 CLAYTON KERSHAW AND ELLEN HAVE BEEN TOGETHER SINCE HIGH SCHOOL
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw met at Highland Park High School in Dallas Texas when they were both freshmen. She was 15 and he was 14 at the time. They also went to the same school as Matthew Stafford the quarterback for the Detroit Lions and also two MLB pitchers; Jordan Walden and Shawn Tolleson. Clayton asked her out in the hallway on his way to lunch and she said yes. They enjoyed spending time together and hung around the same groups of people. He worked up the courage to ask her out after his class according to an interview from Graham Bensinger. They started out as friends and would eventually be best friends before their relationship would grow into something more.
14 CLAYTON AND ELLEN GOT MARRIED IN DECEMBER OF 2010
The high school sweethearts got married on December 4, 2010. The wedding was held in Dallas Texas at he ceremony was held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. It was a Dodger themed wedding as he was a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Ellen pursed her degree at Texas A&M. Following the ceremony, the guests were invited to the Royal Oaks Country Club that had great food and dancing.
While the majority of the party took place inside the club, guests were also invited out to “Dodgertown” which was a fun environment full of food and drinks. After the wedding they would enjoy their honeymoon in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. It was a fitting union for a couple that had already been through so much together.
13 CLAYTON AND ELLEN ARE BOTH RELIGIOUS
Clayton Kershaw and Ellen have a strong Christian faith. They both traveled to Africa which inspired them to write a book together. The book was called Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself. Clayton talks about his faith saying in an interview with Beliefnet Entertainment. “It is good to know the Lord gives us a lifetime to work out our identities and sort out who we are in Christ. His calling for our lives will undoubtedly compete with daily struggles of temptation to take an easier path. The battle to maintain a Christ-centered identity is the most worthy fight we will face.”
It's a good thing he uses his faith in baseball and outside of the field to help people in need.
12 They Had Their First Child As Clayton Won His Third Cy Young
Cali Ann Kershaw was born on Friday, January 23, 2015. She weighed six pounds and 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Clayton was excited about becoming a father he told the Los Angeles Times in September of 2015. “We’re pumped. I know the feeling of feeling helpless when your daughter or someone else you care about is going through something. I I just hope that she is never sad. That’s my goal.”
He would win his third Cy Young Award the night after she was born. With their help with children that spreads from around the world I'm sure it was a blessing when Cali Ann was born. She will grow up with two great role models as parents.
11 THEY USED CLAYTON'S SUCCESS TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED
They both love to help unprivileged children in Africa. They started many foundations that I will explain in this article such as Hope's Home in Zambia. They Co -Authored a book together which after they traveled to Africa inspired them to write a book about faith and hope. Kershaw used the CFT fund, more commonly known as the Communities Foundation Of Texas Fund, to help raise money for starving African children. He told the Communities Foundation of Texas Fund website "I had the opportunity to go to Africa with my wife Ellen. My eyes were opened to the difficulties surrounding these children every day: risk of disease, lack of proper nutrition and dreadful living conditions.”
10 THEY CO- AUTHORED A BOOK TOGETHER
They both wrote the book Arise Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself. They were inspired by a trip to Africa to write the book. Clayton decided to write this book telling beliefnet. com in an interview "We thought that we had a message that could help people our age and older, just try to make a difference. We didn’t think our lives were that interesting or worth reading about. But I think the message (serving others) seen throughout the book can help people, including Ellen and I."
Clayton also talk about his experience in the Majors and shares their mission of hope on and off the field. In the book he talked about everything is a work in progress he responded to beliefnet.com with. "When you live in a country like ours with so much excess, you can try to buy your happiness, try other avenues to find your happiness. It doesn’t work like that. I truly believe that with Jesus in your heart you can truly be happy no matter what your circumstances are. You can have contentment and almost feel complete. A lot of people are searching for that."
9 THEY BOTH STARTED HOPE'S HOME IN ZAMBIA
Hope's home was founded in 2011 and is part of the Kershaw Challenge which I will explain more of the challenge later in this article. Hope's Home is about a 9 year old girl named Hope. After Clayton and Ellen spent a week with her they were heart broken to hear her story. Hope is HIV positive. They first met, her she was uneducated, frightened and alone. She did not have a home or know if she was going to have another meal. Hope's story inspired them to start Hope's Home. Which would give kids like Hope a chance of survival. Hope’s Home provides love that many of these children do not know. It's a place they can dream, hope, and prepare for a bright future. They will be fed sheltered and given an opportunity to succeed that many of us take for granted. According to the Hope's Home website.
8 THEY DONATE $100 FOR EVERY STRIKEOUT CLAYTON PITCHES TO CHARITY
Clayton Kershaw is involved in many charities. The Peacock Foundation according to Patch.com in 2012 was getting a big boost with their donations. Clayton Kershaw chose the Peacock Foundation as part of his Striking Out to Serve initiative. That means for every batter he struck out in the 2012 season, he would donate $100 to either the Peacock Foundation or another charity. The Striking Out To Serve initiative began in 2011 that season he struck out 248 batters. He and his wife Ellen gave $100 to build a home in Zambia which was Hope's Home for children. Altogether in 2011 they raised $202,000. From all the donations he would make after winning awards for baseball to the money they raised.
7 THEY WELCOMED THEIR SON CHARLEY CLAYTON ON NOVEMBER 19, 2016
Last November Clayton Kershaw and Ellen welcomed a baby boy to their family. Charley Clayton Kershaw was born eight pounds and two ounces. Like their first child I'm sure it is a blessing to have their own kids after helping so many other kids from Africa. Charley will grow up knowing that his parents are great role models and don't let the fame go to their head. Clayton and Ellen are both responsible adults who are very active in the community. Charley maybe will be like his dad and be a pitcher in the Major Leagues. I'm sure he'll get plenty of experience with his dad by his side teaching him. Cali has already thrown out the first pitch at a Dodger game to her father. In a few years it could be Charley doing the same.
6 Ellen Saw Clayton As The Class Clown In High School
Clayton Kershaw is in a position where if he were a bachelor, he'd be one of the most sought bachelors in all of Los Angeles, but he happened to be one of the lucky ones who found the love of his life at an early age. Ellen joined Clayton for an interview on the Dan Patrick show and she explained what Clayton was like when they first met and what he was like throughout high school, in the early stages of their relationship: "He was the class clown," said Ellen. "He was much shorter than he is now. A little bit chubbier - actually a lot-a-bit chubbier."
She also explained it used to be so nerve-racking to watch her boyfriend and eventual husband pitch, but she has learned to live with the stress.
5 THEY PLEDGED $100,000 FOR THOSE DISPLACED IN HURRICANE HARVEY
Hurricane Harvey was a massive hurricane this year in Houston. Clayton and Ellen Kershaw pledged $100,000 to The Dream Center to aid in housing support for those who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Clint Carlton, who is the director of public relations told the dodgerblue.com "We are so honored to partner with the Kershaw Family Foundation to once again bring hope to hurting people, The support of the Kershaws will go a long away as The Dream Center and Kershaw Family Foundation partner together to bring hope to those families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers were the World Series finalists this year and both got involved in aiding the city of Houston. The Dodger organization donated $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank and gave 5,000 fleece blankets to a Dream Center in Texas.
4 THEY STARTED THEIR ANNUAL PING PONG 4 PURPOSE
Ping Pong 4 Purpose is all part of Kershaw's Challenge. They just recently this past summer held their fifth Ping Pong Challenge which was on the field of Dodger Stadium. The event featured a celebrity ping pong tournament, blue carpet interviews, social ping pong games, high-end silent auction. Guests included Dodger players some VIP guests and local athletes as well. It was all part to raise money for his main foundation, Kershaw's Challenge. This year they welcomed Jimmy Kimmel and also honored Magic Johnson at the event with the Kershaw's Challenge Impact Award. The event was all for a good cause and proves how much Clayton and Ellen are active in their community everyday.
3 THEY STARTED KERSHAW'S CHALLENGE
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw founded Kershaw's Challenge with one goal: To challenge and encourage people to use whatever passion, or talent that they have been given to make an impact on the lives of others in need according to their site. Kershaw’s Challenge began in 2011 with a little girl named Hope, which inspired them to help out and make a difference in their community. This girl had HIV Aids and was sick so Clayton and Ellen made sure this girl got the best help she needed. They sponsored her through a ministry organization to provide school fees, a daily, nutritional meal, and a discipleship program. They hoped to build on that and co- authored a book and opened up a children's home in Zambia.
2 CHARITY WORK IS THE FOUNDATION OF THEIR MARRIAGE
Charity work is a big part of their marriage. They work together to give unprivliged children in Africa hope and a chance to succeed. She told the Los Angeles Times in an interview "I would say even though it began with my passion, Clayton was the ringleader of putting something into action.” The Kershaws donate a lot to help out those in need like money, and donors make pledges for every time Clayton strikes a batter out. According to the Kershaw's Challenge website the charity gave away $1.3 million in 2016.
Ellen also told the Los Angeles Times "We are people that want to see the process, to know the people, to touch the kids, to hear their stories, We do believe that everything we’ve been given is so undeserved and is a blessing. … That is why we stay grounded.”
1 CLAYTON IS A STAY AT HOME DAD FOUR MONTHS A YEAR
It's a busy time when Clayton Kershaw is on the field he can't be home with his kids a lot. According to Ellen though, Clayton is a stay at home dad four months a year. Kershaw makes it a priority to make up for lost time with his kids once baseball season is over.
The Kershaws move three times a year; first from Dallas, which is where Clayton and Ellen are from, to Phoenix for spring training and then to Los Angeles for the regular season. The couple doesn't seem to mind moving around but you wonder if at some point when his kids are older if Clayton will entertain the thought of playing for the Texas Rangers or Houston Astros to be closer to home.