LOS ANGELES — Seventy-four years ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers changed the face of American sports and society forever when Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. Seven decades later, Courtney Moore is on a mission to maintain the team's legacy of diversity. She is the first vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion in Dodgers history.
Only about a third of major league teams have this position.
"It means we have a great responsibility," Moore said.
Since joining the team in 2020, she's already established a diversity and inclusion committee, which will impact the front office and baseball operation.
"To really make sure that we are moving forward, moving forward in how we were going to impact our representation, how we're going to impact professional development and advancement," Moore said.
She said her office also is focused on the fans doing more to cater to the team's large Latino fanbase.
"We are continuing to work with that fanbase," she said. "We want to make sure that we are communicating to that fanbase that they are important, that they are welcome and they are needed."
Moore also is quite aware of the dwindling African American interest in the Dodgers and the game of baseball.
"There are so many opportunities in terms of how we can be impactful, how we can get more youth who are Black on the field, how we can continue to attract diverse talent," she added.
As the Dodgers fight to remain on top on the field, she's doing her part to make sure they are champions of representation.
"World-class also means being an inclusive organization, being an organization that is rich in terms of its culture," she said.