Besides his family, former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner was most passionate about employees’ workplace rights.
The employees he represented first as a union staff lawyer then general counsel and finally executive director happened to be professional baseball players, but Weiner felt strongly about all workers’ having a voice in the workplace.
My name is Margaret Gorman, and I'm an Action Team Captain at H-B Woodlawn in Arlington, Va. I was originally inspired to join the Action Team by my older brother, a former Captain who graduated in 2014. Now, I have been a part of the Action Team for three years. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me and the lessons I’ve learned will stay with me for my entire life.
From the ashes of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that in 2013 devastated the Phillipines’ island province of Bohol rose a partnership between Major League baseball players – through a grant from the Players Trust – the local government and an organization serving the deaf that helped restore homes and hope for displaced families in the village of Sagbayan.
In 2008, more than one in 20 children under five years of age were dying from preventable causes in the province of Barahona, located in the western region of the Dominican Republic near the Haitian border.
As inconceivable as this sounds, it was true. Extreme poverty and the lack of basic medicines, health and nutrition services were resulting in children dying from malnutrition, pneumonia, and dehydration caused by diarrhea.
Ryan Flaherty may be known for his play on the baseball diamond, but this past Saturday night he took center ice at Cross Insurance Center for a Portland Pirates American Hockey League game. Ryan, along with two Action Team Captains from Maine high schools, participated in the game’s ceremonial face-off. The puck-drop set the tone for the evening, which was planned by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America to recognize the Portland-area Team Captains for their continuous efforts to serve their community.
The old adage that charity begins at home came to life last Friday, when Major Leaguer Anthony Swarzak returned to the hospital of his birth with Action Team Captains to deliver gifts to those children unfortunate to be hospitalized during the holidays.
More than 30 Action Team Captains from Cypress Bay High School joined Swarzak in making some extra special deliveries at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale.