UPDATE 06/19/2014: Clayton Kershaw’s wife Ellen Kershaw sure seemed to enjoy her night at Dodgers Stadium Wednesday night, watching her husband twirl a no hitter and near perfect game.
The Dodgers broadcast, and ESPN SportsCenter highlights showed the proud Ellen Kershaw in the stands on a number of occasions while Clayton was one Hanley Ramirez throwing error away from perfection. Kershaw notched 15 strikeouts during his perfect game, while somehow throwing only 107 pitches proving that throwing strikes will usually pay off.
Clayton Kershaw’s wife Ellen Kershaw (formerly Ellen Melson) is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in communications. She takes annual summer trips to Zambia as part of her association with a religious aid mission for “Camp Life.” In an interview with MLB, Ellen explains why she’s been to Zambia 5 times, with no plans on slowing down any time soon:
“”The first time I hugged a Zambian orphan, it changed my life… This is something I can do while Clayton is pursuing his passion of baseball. On this trip, our passions will collide. This is his way of showing that he supports me. Every season, I come back and show him pictures of all these girls and he’s curious why I keep going back. My hope is that we can combine our two passions and utilize these opportunities to make a difference.”
Clayton and Ellen were married in December, 2010 in Houston, TX. They have been together since high school, and have no children together. Clayton is quick to call Ellen his high school sweetheart. The Kershaw’s attended high school with Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and other professional baseball players Jordan Walden and Shawn Tolleson.