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  • CLAYTON: I think the first memories I have are just playing catch in the front yard,

  • playing with neighbors, playing with friends, playing with my dad. Just anything – I remember

  • those times. Not so much games or not so much certain memories in certain games. I can’t

  • even really remember that far back.

  • I remember I was in Zebulon, North Carolina in AA and got the call, into the manager’s

  • office like everybody else, and they said, “Hey, don’t call anybody, because the

  • guy that’s getting sent down and released doesn’t know yet, and so we don’t want

  • him to find out through somebody else.” I was like, “Okay, I won’t,” and I immediately

  • got on the phone, I was like, “All right, I got to tell everybody.”

  • ELLEN: I was back at home. I guess I was home for summer, and I was with all of Clayton

  • and I’s high school friends. I was in one big room with all of them, and the first thing

  • Clayton says isYou can’t tell anyone.” So I’m dying. He tells me that he is going

  • to be playing for the Los Angeles Dodges in two days, and I needed to find a way out there,

  • and he was going to keep me posted on who all I could tell.

  • CLAYTON: I show up in L.A. and there’s 20 people there. My mom was there, some of my

  • friends were there, her family was there, and it’s just like – I mean, that’s

  • pretty cool, that people cared that much to get out there that fast.

  • ELLEN: It was surreal. I mean, it was incredible that I saw Clayton play as a high schooler,

  • coming up, and it’s just been incredible to see this journey.

  • CLAYTON: I’m not going to even go through the day, how nervous I was. I couldn’t even

  • eat or breathe, and Joe Torre’s our manager. It’s justit was a pretty unforgettable

  • day.

  • ELLEN: The thing is, Clayton and I never intended to start a charity or to start a foundation

  • at our age. I think it was always a dream, but for us, Kershaw’s Challenge began with

  • a very basic need that needed to be met.

  • CLAYTON: By the time that we had been dating, she had been thinking about it, and she had

  • told me that it’s something that’s really been put on her heart.

  • ELLEN: The Lord kept knocking on this door, and He kept just putting a discomfort in my

  • heart until I was ready to answer the call.

  • CLAYTON: And she’s been so involved in my passion, which is baseball, and I knew that

  • if we were ever to get married, that’s her passion. And so literally three weeks after

  • we get married, I’m on a plane over there.

  • ELLEN: The first time you hold a Zambian orphan, your entire life will be changed, because

  • it becomes so personal and so real, and that overwhelming blanket of poverty is in this

  • one child, and you realize that if you can only make a difference in this one person’s

  • life, that maybe is what the Lord has called you to for your entire existence.

  • CLAYTON: I guess I should start with Hope. She’s HIV positive, double orphan. She was

  • in bad shape, and Ellen took her immediately to the nurse and got her looked at. From that

  • trip on, we started sponsoring Hope.

  • ELLEN: Sponsorship can only take them so far, but until these kids have a place to go home

  • to at night, they need to feel the love of a family and the love of parents and to feel

  • like theyre a part of something. So for us, it was kind of just an easy decision to

  • make.

  • Clayton decided he was going to Strikeout to Serve, and so for every strikeout, he wanted

  • to donate money towards building Hope’s home. And for us, it was actually the coolest

  • season that he started that. People can call it coincidence, but we have no doubt in our

  • mind that the Lord was up to something incredible that Clayton went to lead the National League

  • in strikeouts that first season that he was Striking Out to Serve.

  • The orphanage is complete, and just to even say that is surreal, because a year ago when

  • Clayton and I went and we talked to an architect and we went over blueprints, and a vision

  • of ours back then had become a little bit more tangible in the sense that we were standing

  • on the land, but to go back is going to be absolutely incredible to see probably 12 kids

  • at that point, calling this place their home, and calling each other brothers and sisters

  • and having parents that are living there.

  • CLAYTON: These people, if they have their basic needs met, food and shelter, they are

  • the happiest culture in the world because they have Jesus.

  • People get the wrong idea about Christianity sometimes, and a lot of people have preconceived

  • notions about what that means and what that looks like and how your life is supposed to

  • be shaped. I think more than anything, if I were to just come up to somebody that had

  • no idea about the faith, I’d say it’s simple. Jesus saved us, and Jesus is the only

  • answer. This man-God took us and saved us, and that’s it. He’s our Savior, and everything

  • is for Him, everything good in this world comes from Him, and you can believe that or

  • you don’t, but that’s it.

CLAYTON: I think the first memories I have are just playing catch in the front yard,

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