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Major Leaguers Provide $42,000 Grant to Jackie Robinson Foundation in Honor of Jackie’s Everlasting Contributions to the Game and Society

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NEW YORK, April 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Major League baseball players will bestow a $42,000 grant from the Players Trust to the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), the Trust announced today – the day in which every Major Leaguer will wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie’s legendary leadership and courage. 

Mark Melancon Encourages Action Team Captains During Final Conference Call of the School Year

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Pirates closer Mark Melancon joined the final Action Team conference call of the 2015-2016 school year, but it was a scholarship winner who persevered through a childhood battle with cancer who most inspired the high school volunteers who dialed in from around the country.

“I try to focus on overcoming the challenges and giving back, because I have this experience and I have the power to impact somebody,” Rachel Duke, whose leg was amputated at age 7 during her illness, told her fellow Action Team Captains.

Major Leaguers Shine a Spotlight on Action Team Captains During National Volunteer Week by Awarding $40,000 in College Scholarships to High School Student Volunteers

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NEW YORK, April 11, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Major League baseball players will award $2,000 college scholarships to 20 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.  Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action Team® national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.      

#GoingToBat Community Spotlight: Curtis Granderson

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CHICAGO - Curtis Granderson is stepping up to the plate in an attempt to fill a plate for others. 

Granderson’s foundation, Grand Kids, is on a mission to aid positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition. The Grand Giving initiative is just one example of how this objective is being met.

Grand Giving is a month-long campaign committed to ending hunger in Chicago, Granderson’s hometown, by donating to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Prince Fielder Accepts Players Choice Award for 2015 AL Comeback Player

In Prince’s honor the Players Trust will provide a $20,000 grant to the charity of his choice
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NEW YORK, April 7, 2016/ 3BL Media/ - In a pre-game ceremony Tuesday evening, Texas Rangers infielder/designated hitter Prince Fielder received a prestigious Players Choice Award as the 2015 AL Comeback Player.  Selected in a secret ballot of all American League players in recognition of his exceptional season, Fielder received his Players Choice Award from teammate and MLBPA team Player Representative, Derek Holland.

NJ Action Team Captains Raise Funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

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BERGENFIELD, NJ—Action Team Captains from Bergenfield High School raised more than $1,000 with their annual “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The three-week-long campaign consisting of pizza and doughnut sales drew big-time support from the school’s faculty and student body.

Three Action Team Captains -- Sarah Hartwig, Zainab Ali and Hala Eshmaway -- also collected additional donations during their community’s weekly farmer’s market.

#GoingToBat Community Spotlight: Jason Motte

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Jason Motte is dominant against most opponents, but he’s still battling every day to gain the upper hand against a real-life adversary that affects almost everyone in one way or another -- cancer.

Motte and his wife, Caitlin, were visiting Caitlin’s grandfather, a cancer patient at The West Clinic in Memphis several years ago when they saw a sign requesting blankets, which spurred the thought, “What can we do to help?”

Action Team Captains From H-B Woodlawn Hold Fundraiser to Benefit Local Charitable Groups

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ARLINGTON, Va.—Action Team Captains from H-B Woodlawn High School took advantage of “Pi-day” to hold a quick fundraiser that raised $150 in 45 minutes for local Virginia and DC area non-profits and rewarded donations with delicious pies.

Celebrated each year around the world, on March 14th, “Pi,” the Greek letter “π” is the mathematical symbol used to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

#GoingToBat Community Spotlight: Jake Peavy

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Jake Peavy goes from pitching baseball to playing guitar for his foundation’s annual benefit concert.

Peavy’s Hero Jam was held on March 13 at LiveWire in the heart of the city’s Entertainment District with proceeds benefiting the United Service Organization’s Transition 360 Alliance. The national initiative helps U.S. military personnel and their families successfully transition back into civilian life after their active military service ends.

Westlake Action Team Spruces up Disc Golf Course

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With disc golf season approaching, the Westlake Action Team Captains spent a recent day sprucing up the local Rabbit Flats course by raking up brush and litter, spreading mulch and planting trees.

Former Major Leaguer Robert Fick stopped by to encourage the more than 20 student volunteers who were participating in their second community event of the 2015-2016 school year. They worked alongside the Conejo Recreation and Park District.

“Keep it up! This is what life is about, hard work and motivation for something you love,” Fick told the Captains.

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