06/12/2008 10:22 AM ET
Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers
Red Sox players will honor Boston-area high school students volunteers
BOSTON -- During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Boston Red Sox players Alex Cora, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor five Boston-area high school students serving as Captains of the Boston Action Team, a service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers. During the 2007-08 school-year, these Boston Action Team Captains raised awareness about the importance of community involvement among other students in their high schools and organized hundreds of other students to get involved in volunteer activities.
Administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America, the Action Team program encourages young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. To date, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers have inspired more than 12,000 high school students across the United States to help over 55,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities, while an Action Team service-learning curriculum created by the Players Trust in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the country.
Receiving signed certificates of achievement from the players tonight are 2007-08 Boston Action Team Captains J. Kouray Hajjar, Brendan Kennedy and Kyle Larrow of Boston College High School and Adrianna Gomes and Greer McCormick of Boston Latin High School. Also, Kyle Larrow of Boston College H.S. will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Major League Baseball Players Trust in recognition of his dedication to community service. Among their efforts this past school year, the Boston Action Team Captains and their peers organized a “Caring Gifts” campaign during the holidays to benefit more than 100 Boston area needy children and their families.
Action Teams are working together in Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Mobile, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (Maine), San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.. Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust are planning to expand the Action Team program to Chicago, Cleveland and Tampa during the 2008-09 school-year.
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com.