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#GoingToBat Community Spotlight: Albert Pujols


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Albert Pujols swapped his baseball cleats for basketball sneakers during his annual Albert’s All-Stars Basketball Game to benefit people with Down syndrome.

The Jan. 31 event at Missouri Baptist University raised awareness while providing Albert’s All-Stars -- a team of kids with Down syndrome -- the opportunity to play basketball alongside celebrities including Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Cardinals pitching coach Jason Simontacchi and former Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams.

#GoingToBat Community Spotlight: Anthony Rizzo


CHICAGO, March 4, 2016 /3BL Media/ -  It was all smiles and chuckles for Anthony Rizzo at the second annual Laugh-Off For Cancer event.

The Jan. 14 event at Paris Club featured many comedy acts, including Chris Redd, Carl Michael Magic and Brody Stevens. Rizzo’s Cubs teammates also took the stage with improvisational actors from The Second City, a leader in improv-based sketch comedy.

Brunswick Action Team Captains Hold Clothing Drive for Homeless Vets


Action Team Captains from Brunswick High School spent January collecting much-needed winter necessitates, including jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves, for homeless veterans.

The project culminated with a visit by the student volunteers -- -- Stephen Backman, Will Bessey, Kimberly Brown and Jenna Bailey -- to the Maine Homeless Veterans Alliance, a daily safe space in Portland, Me., for the homeless that provides food, shelter, laundry services and counseling.

Trevor Plouffe Inspires Action Team Captains During Second Conference Call of the School Year


Joining the second Action Team conference call of the 2015-2016 school year, Trevor Plouffe stressed the importance of inspiring others to take active roles in their communities.

“From my grandparents to my parents, they’ve always been a big part of the community,” the Twins third baseman said. “Now, the Players Association makes it so easy to get involved.”

Action Team Captains dialed in from high schools across the country for the call and the Westlake High School Action Team of Thousand Oaks, Calif., was the featured high school.

#GoingToBat Community Spotlight: Cole Hamels

The Hamels Foundation keeps extending its educational outreach

Cole Hamels hasn’t added an inch to his 6-foot-4 frame but his reach through The Hamels Foundation keeps extending its educational mission.

Hamels and his wife Heidi established their charity in 2009 while he was pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. Six years later, The Hamels Foundation has provided more than $1 million in grants to Philadelphia area schools. Not surprisingly, The Hamels Foundation motto is, “Education is the Answer.”

Travis Snider, Steven Souza Jr Help Refurbish Baseball Facilities at Everett, Wash. High School


EVERETT, Wash. — Although they’ve competed with each other from high school up to the Major Leagues, Travis Snider and Steven Souza, Jr. have worked together to help refurbish Cascade High School’s baseball field in their hometown.

Snider and Souza donated $2,500 each to Cascade to update its 20-year-old batting cages and purchase clay materials for the pitching mound and home plate.

It wasn’t long ago that the Rays outfielder was taking batting practice in those same cages. A native of Everett, Souza attended Cascade.

Major League Baseball Players Trust Announces Recipients of 2016 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

Press Release

NEW YORK, Monday, February 22, 2016/3BL Media/ The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced the five recipients of a 2016 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, established by Major Leaguers to honor the life and work of the Major League Baseball Players Association’s late executive director.  

The 2016 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies recipients are:

Stephanie Ainbinder – Northeastern University School of Law

Brian Callaci – University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Adam Ottavino Shares Community Service Thoughts With Action Team Captains


Adam Ottavino, pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, recently joined the first Action Team conference call of the 2015-2016 school-year.  He spoke about the importance of leadership and community to more than 30 Action Team Captains from high schools across the country. The Greenwood High School Action Team of Bowling Green, Kentucky joined Adam as the featured high school on the call.

Major Leaguers Announce Players Choice Awards Finalists

Press Release

October 2, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Major League baseball players today announced the finalists for their highest honors – the Players Choice Awards – in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field.  Vying for top honor as 2015 Player of the Year are Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays, Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.

Reflections from a Former Action Team Captain


By: Lindsey Hall
Freshman, University of New Hampshire

My name is Lindsey Hall (on left in photo above) and I was an Action Team Captain at Thornton Academy (Maine) for four years. The Action Team was the very first club I joined at my school and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.

I was first inspired to join from my sister’s previous experiences with the Action Team. I wanted to join, not only because of her, but because I wanted to be able to help others, give my spare time for the better good and make new friends.


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