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LaTroy Hawkins and Action Team Captains From Denver Host Graduation for Homeless Youth

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DENVER – When 13 young people graduated from a Volunteers of America program that strives to equip homeless youth with the skills they’ll need to be self-sufficient, Rockies pitcher LaTroy Hawkins and 14 local high school volunteers from the Action Team national youth volunteer program were there to celebrate their achievement.

Major Leaguers & Players Trust Bring City Clinics to Harlem and NYC School for Autistic Kids

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Six Yankees players -- Chris Martin, Andrew Miller, John Ryan Murphy, Alex Rodriguez, Chasen Shreve and Chase Whitley – converged at the Harlem RBI field in New York on Friday as the Players Trust hosted a heartfelt City Clinic for more than 50 kids from the NYC Autism Charter School.

The players gave more cheers and high fives than hard instruction as the autistic kids demonstrated their baseball skills and home run trots in front of happy crowd of parents, teachers and supporters.

Yankees Pitcher Chris Capuano Concludes Action Team Conference Calls for 2014-15

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Chris Capuano told Action Team student volunteers from around the country that providing assistance to the less fortunate helps him put into context the professional pressures he faces as a pitcher in the Major Leagues.

“Volunteering gives you that perspective,” the Yankees left-hander told the Action Team Captains in the program’s April teleconference. “I know I am dealing with something tough right now but it’s nothing I can’t work through.” 

Action Team Scholarship Winners Bask in the Spotlight

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During Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Players Trust awarded scholarships to 20 high school students from across the country who distinguished themselves in their service with the  Action Team national volunteer program.

Brunswick Action Team Captains score a trip to Fenway

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As part of Players Trust and Volunteers of America’s Action Team recognition efforts, Brunswick (ME) Action Team Captains recently attended a Boston Red Sox game, including pregame batting practice.

The Brunswick Action Team used their trip to historic Fenway Park as an opportunity to chronicle their activities throughout the school-year by producing their very own Action Team highlight video.  And as you’ll see in the video, the Brunswick Action Team sure had a busy and productive year.

Major Leaguers Award $40,000 in College Scholarships to Reward Youth Community Involvement

Spotlight shines on Action Team® student leaders during National Volunteer Month
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NEW YORK, April 15, 2015 /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, the Major League Baseball Players Trust announced today. 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.

Michael Weiner Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Sarah David Heydemann

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The Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies is keeping the late Player Association executive director’s legacy alive through people like recipient Sarah David Heydemann and the work they will continue to do on behalf of union workers.

“From what I’ve learned about him, it seems like Michael had a deep care and commitment to building community while doing the work. I hope to be the same kind of advocate – one who pays attention not only to the fight at hand but to more intentional, lasting community building,” Heydemann said recently.

Giancarlo Stanton Receives His Players Choice Award

Giancarlo Stanton received his 2014 Players Choice Award as the NL’s Outstanding Player before the Marlins’ home opener.
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Giancarlo Stanton received his 2014 Players Choice Award as the NL’s Outstanding Player before the Marlins’ home opener.

But the big winners will be the children in Africa who benefit from a community center and sports complex that is being funded in part by a Players Trust grant in Stanton’s name that goes along with the award.

Stanton was leading the league in home runs (37), RBIs (105) and slugging (.555) when he was hit in the face by a pitch on Sept.  11, ending his season prematurely. But his peers in the NL had already cast their ballots by then.

Players Trust takes Live Below the Line Challenge for International Nonprofits

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Major League baseball players, through the Players Trust,  are focused on identifying and funding innovative approaches to help eradicate issues associated with poverty around the world.

For example, in 2008, more than one in 20 children under five years of age was dying from preventable causes in the province of Barahona, located in the western region of the Dominican Republic near the Haitian border.

Michael Weiner Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: John Ertl

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John Ertl believes he shares some of the characteristics that made Michael Weiner one of the great labor leaders of his time. 

“Its empathy is what it really boils down to,” Ertl said. “Being able to see one self and see the larger picture and understand the importance of fighting for something that’s worthwhile.”

One of five recipients of the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, Ertl, like Weiner, is driven by compassion for working people and a passion for advocating for their rights.

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