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Adam Rosales of the Oakland a's Takes to Sandlots Across U.S. to Spread Joy of Baseball and Education

Major Leaguer #GoingToBat to promote education and love for the game of baseball
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To honor his father’s dedication to both education and baseball, Major Leaguer Adam Rosales of the Oakland Athletics founded a program called “Sandlot Nation” while he was with the San Diego Padres in 2016. The program complements Rosales’ instructional organization ‘Baseball Utility,’ which seeks to grow the game of baseball with local youth while teaching sportsmanship and respect for the game.

Conejo Valley, California High Schoolers are on the Run for Local Kids

Action Team Captains are making a difference in their California community
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The Westlake Action Team is living up to its name based on the student volunteers’ whirlwind of activity in Conejo Valley, Calif. and surrounding communities during its first two years of existence.

On Thursday, June 15, Westlake held its second annual “Action Run,” a 5K race at Conejo Creek Park to support youth from Area Housing of Ventura Country, a housing facility for low-income families that in addition to less expensive rent also provides activities and educational programs for their children.

Astros Star Carlos Correa Making Sure Houston’s Youth Gets a Good Night’s Sleep

Correa is #GoingToBat by providing 150 local children with mattresses, frames, sheets, pillows and blankets
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Carlos Correa, a former first overall draft pick, has been one of Major League Baseball's rising stars since joining the Houston Astros in 2015.  He captured the American League Rookie of the Year Award that season, after making his debut at the tender age of 20.  He turned 21 during his rookie campaign, when he became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit a postseason home run, the second-youngest player to hit more than one home run in a playoff game and the following season he became the youngest player in Astros history to go deep on Opening Day.

Motivated by Tragedy, Tim Anderson of the White Sox Launches Charity to Guide Chicago’s Youth

This Major League shortstop is #GoingToBat to help develop young leaders
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Tim Anderson, the 17th overall pick in the 2013 draft, is already well on the way to establishing himself as one the top young shortstops in the Major Leagues.  After batting .283 as a rookie in 2016, Anderson began 2017 as the White Sox’ everyday shortstop.

Considering Anderson had focused primarily on basketball at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., didn’t play baseball until his junior year in 2010 and doesn’t turn 24 for another week, he’s come a long way very fast.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars Visit Major League Baseball Players Association

Jackie Robinson Scholar and Jackie Robinson Foundation summer intern provides a first-person account of her visit to the MLBPA office
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Melissa Bellerjeau, a Jackie Robinson Scholar and Jackie Robinson Foundation summer intern, provides a first-person account of her visit to the MLBPA office on June 7.  During her visit, Melissa, a Temple University journalism major, was joined by fellow JRF summer interns, Justin Mollison, a student at Vanderbilt University studying biomedical engineering, and Madison Johnson, a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying political science.

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Melissa Bellerjeau, a Jackie Robinson Scholar and Jackie Robinson Foundation summer intern, provides a first-person account of her visit to the MLBPA office on June 7.  During her visit, Melissa, a Temple University journalism major, was joined by fellow JRF summer interns, Justin Mollison, a student at Vanderbilt University studying biomedical engineering, and Madison Johnson, a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying political science.

MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark Honored by A Better Chance with its DreamBuilder Award

A Better Chance shines light on inspiring teen scholars and business leaders
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It was quite a lively and inspiring scene last Friday afternoon (June 9) at the non-profit A Better Chance's annual awards luncheon, held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City and emceed by CNBC reporter, Bertha Coombs.  Hundreds of supporters turned out to cheer on several worthy award winners, including high school-aged scholars and national business leaders, including MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark, the recipient of the DreamBuilder Award.

Yankees CC Sabathia Takes to the Lanes to "Pitch in for Kids"

CC Sabathia is #GoingToBat for kids in CA and NY
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Nearing 37 years of age, Carsten Charles Sabathia is still getting the job done for the New York Yankees. Sabathia, who has the second-most wins (230) among active pitchers in the majors, leads the Yankees with seven wins so far in 2017.

The Vallejo, Calif., native has built a superstar résumé over his 16-year career with Cleveland, Milwaukee and New York – twice leading the majors in wins, six times making the All-Star game, even winning a World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and the AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland in 2007.

Texas Rangers Pitcher Jake Diekman is Gutting it Out for Chron’s & Colitis Awareness

Major League Baseball Players are going to bat for causes close to their hearts
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Awaiting the third of three surgeries related to his ulcerative colitis, Texas Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman will be unable to contribute in the Rangers’ bullpen until the second half of the season, but the hard-throwing left-hander is using his time on the disabled list to help support others who suffer from his condition.

Coming Soon: “A Day in the Life of an Action Team Captain”

Renown music video and narrative content director Andrew Vallentine to help shine light on high school volunteers
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Hundreds of high school students from Maine to Maui are helping Major League baseball players and Volunteers of America train and inspire the next generation of volunteers through the Action Team national youth volunteer program.  These teens – Action Team Captains – in turn, plan, organize and participate in volunteer activities of their choosing that support causes important to their individual communities.

MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark Inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America Hall of Fame

Union leader and former Major League All-Star credits hometown Boys & Girls Club for helping pave the way
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Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark was among seven distinguished community leaders inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Alumni Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Wednesday, May 10.

In accepting the honor, Clark told the audience that he maintained a relationship with the Boys & Girls Club and supported it in each city in which he played during his baseball career because the organization had been such a positive influence in his young life.

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