The Matador-Dodger Connection

The Matador-Dodger Connection


(music) My father lived and breathed baseball. It was in 1948 that he was signed by the Dodgers, and it was right after Jackie Robinson was
signed, and he became the first black catcher in the
major leagues. He had his accident in 1958. He was in a car accident. He basically gave
up. My father always credited his physical therapist as the person who helped to motivate him and give him back his will to live. So, Cal State University Northridge, our physical
therapy program has a 20 year relationship with the Campanella
family. Over the years, Cal State University Northridge
has had about 40 students receive scholarships from the Roy and Roxie
Campanella Foundation. Then in 2010, the Dodgers Dream Foundation
stepped up and said that they would like to join forces
with the Campanella Foundation to continue providing scholarships to our
physical therapy students every year. And one student is selected to spend spring
training working with the trainers and with the physical therapists
for the Dodgers. It’s a pretty unique experience. I think there
are maybe one or two other programs nationally that have a situation
like this. So, we’re really proud of this relationship
that we have with the Dodgers. I was the first Dodgers-CSUN intern, and I’m
about a year and a half out of that now. And I’m currently working at an outpatient
orthopedic clinic in Sherman Oaks. I am a graduate of the Cal State Northridge
physical therapy program. And I was the second intern for this Dodgers
internship, and I’m still on board with the Dodgers. There are not a lot of physical therapists
in major-league baseball to start with and to have Cal State Northridge provide us
with this opportunity, you know, it’s just kind of a dream job to
be able to step into it. Obviously, the connection with Los Angeles
and Cal State Northridge has been a strong one for a lot of years,
and I don’t think it’s coincidence. I think a lot of great people come out of
Cal State Northridge and have an impact in their professions. I feel like I’m in a very good spot in life, professionally and just life itself, and I owe a lot of that to CSUN. It is very hard for me to express what this
means to our family and what it would have been to my dad and
my mother. My father bled Dodger blue. To know that this organization that he so
loved, this organization that also so loved him back is now supporting a program to be able to
continue his legacy in terms of helping students who are becoming
physical therapists would mean the world to them.

One thought on “The Matador-Dodger Connection

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *