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Kings play Ping Pong for charity

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, hosted the third-annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event Thursday night at Chavez Ravine.

Three Kings players participated in the event, which included a celebrity ping pong tournament, blue carpet interviews, social ping pong games, and a silent auction featuring high-end items from various organizations and companies from around the Los Angeles area.

Representing the Kings were Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, and Brayden McNabb.

Before the event kicked off, Martinez, McNabb, and Toffoli warmed up with a couple of friendly matches with one another.

Offseason Training. #PingPong4Purpose

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They found time to chat with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin…

The boys having a little pregame chat with @blakegriffin32 @KershawsChallenge #PingPong4Purpose

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Conversation was struck with host, and 2014 MLB MVP Clayton Kershaw…

The charity, otherwise known as ‘Kershaw’s Challenge’, benefits at-risk communities and the lives of children in Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic. The Ping Pong 4 Purpose event raised over $250,000 in 2014.

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To learn more about ‘Kershaw’s Challenge’, visit

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