Matt Kemp

Matthew Kemp is an exemplary figure of a talent that always aims for above-average, while upholding the grounding values that set him apart from so many in his field. Born on September 23,1984 in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Matt was heavily influenced and molded by the immense perseverance of his mother, Judy Henderson. A stand-out, energetic sports performer since his early years attending Midwest City High School in Oklahoma, Kemp excelled not only in baseball, but also basketball. Having played for the school’s varsity basketball team - Matt proved to be a multi-faceted force even at such a young age, having received multiple D1 level offers from various colleges . However, Matt’s path remained focused on baseball, where he  triumphantly displayed his athletic capabilities that would take the sports industry by storm. Matt initiated his professional career for the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2003, followed by joining the Columbus Catfish in 2004, the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2004, and in 2005, he was selected to the Florida State League All-Star team. Matt made his major league debut with Los Angeles Dodgers on May 28, 2006, against the Washington Nationals-kicking off the most notable, longstanding and significant stretch of his prominent journey. He got his first career major league hit that same game and hit his first Major League homer on June 1, 2006 in his second Dodger Stadium at-bat hit. To add to his early on-set success, he became the first Dodger and fifth major league player to hit four homers in his first 10 days with the team. Following this notable rookie year - Matt was an undeniable force among the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a reputable run from 2006 - 2014. Throughout this time, he garnered countless notable performances and honors that showcased his incredible athletic presence. In 2011, he was voted as a starter for the National League squad in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Arizona that year - while becoming the first Dodger to reach base twice in an All-Star Game since Mike Piazza in 1996. That same year, Matt hit his 30th home run of the season and in the process became the second Dodger player of all time to hit at least 30 homers and steal at least 30 bases in the same season. Throughout his time with the Los Angeles Dodger, he also picked up his 40th stolen base in 2011, becoming the first Dodger in history to hit at least 30 homers and steal at least 40 bases. Matt has also earned a variety of post-season awards, respectfully, including the Baseball America Major League Player of the Year award, the Hank Aaron Award for the top hitter in the National League (the first Dodger player to ever win the award) the Gold Glove Award and the Silver Slugger Award. But perhaps one of the most impressive, and poignant indicators of Matt’s talented pinnacle, would be almost earning the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award. Though he may not have won the title - what is most inspiring, and admirably telling of Matt’s character is how proud he was to have been in the same ranks none-the-less. A true sport and player – Matt strives for more than just winning, he focuses on doing his best. In late 2014, Matt was traded to the San Diego Padres and from 2015-2016, he upheld his streak in excellence having become the first player in the Padres' 7,444-game history to hit for the cycle. Matt then joined The Atlanta Braves from 2016-2017, and in2018, as another impressive indicator of just how sought-after his talent and commitment truly is, the Los Angeles Dodgers brought him back for a second round. During this notable time, Kemp was voted by the fans to start the2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, his third All-Star appearance since 2012. To add, he also homered in his first career World Series at-bat in the 2018 World Series. With an extensive, noteworthy and well-earned ongoing career in full force -Matt is equally expressing his quintessential spirit of aiding others through his organization, Kemp’s Kids.