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.
I am currently a senior at my school and have been an active member of the Action Team since freshman year. My role as a captain is to plan and organize community service events for students and we do so almost every weekend.
Our school’s efforts include feeding the homeless, working at a food bank and distributing groceries to elderly low-income senior citizens. I also encourage other members of my community to become involved in serving those in need.
This past weekend, Major Leaguers and Action Team Captains in Alabama joined forces in support of two local community projects, when players Wesley Wright and Austin Adams and teen Captains from New Hope Academy to provide holiday cheer for senior citizens and volunteer support for a 5 Reindeer Fun Run in Prattville.
Although his playing career may have ended, Derek Jeter has been spending a lot of his time in the New York area, most recently catching up with kids in need from the local community. On Monday, December 8, Derek surprised 485 children at his Turn 2 Foundation’s annual Holiday Express at AMC Lincoln Center Theatre. Holiday Express is an annual event that alternates locations between New York and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Major Leaguers – Past and Present – Head to Vegas for Pair of Charity Events
For the first time in its 11-year history, the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s annual off-season, fund-raising golf tournament will be held in Las Vegas, when current and former big league all-stars tee off at Legendary Shadow Creek on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
However, before taking their swings on the golf course, the players will test their card-playing skills when MGM Grand hosts a poker tournament benefiting the Players Trust on Wednesday, January 14.
Major Leaguers care about the places where they play and live, and, on Sunday, November 30, several players joined Newtown, Connecticut native and Boston Red Sox pitching prospect, Matt Barnes help provide area youth with a diversion as the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was approaching.
Three and a half years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeastern Tohoku region of Japan, leaving more than 18,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless, a $1 million grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust is still supporting recovery efforts.
Tokyo, Japan, November 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Japan Society announced it will host a press event in Tokyo to highlight the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s contribution to the Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (JERF), and ongoing recovery work the fund supports.