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Rob Refsnyder of the New York Yankees Goes Above and Beyond for Foster Children

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Rob Refsnyder of the New York Yankees knows a thing or two about standing out from the rest.

Refsnyder was adopted out of South Korea when he was an infant to a couple from Southern California. He became a three-sport standout at Laguna Hills High School, and enrolled at the University of Arizona to play college baseball. He was the Arizona Wildcats right fielder, and led his team to the 2012 College World Series championship. Refsnyder was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.

Lance McCullers of the Houston Astros is The Leader of the Pack

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Lance McCullers sometimes employs unorthodox training methods to keep it interesting. He’s been known to swing an axe in the backyard, or even do squats with his wife Kara on his shoulders.

Another way Kara and Lance support each other is in the passion they share for animal advocacy and protection.
They have a rescue dog, a husky named Minka, and they’ve acted on their passion by creating the Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation to invest, bring awareness and develop programs aimed at advocating for stray and homeless animals across the country.

Adam Jones, the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year, Leads by Example

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Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles center fielder, was born in San Diego, Calif. Baltimore, however has been his home since joining the Orioles in 2008. He is one of the strengths of the Orioles’ team, yet his connection to the local community is even stronger.

Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins Throws a Ball and Hosts One

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Jose Fernandez is making a pitch this weekend in the fight against pediatric cancer.

The Marlins’ starter was scheduled to attend the third annual Bella’s Ball in Miami on Saturday, a fundraising event for the Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation he has supported throughout his professional career.

Denard Span of the San Francisco Giants Catches the Hearts of Families

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Denard Span knows a thing or two about lending a hand.

Last night, Span made two unbelievable catches to help teammate Matt Moore take a no-hit bid into the 9th inning. Off the field, however, Span lends another type of hand.

Growing up in a single parent home, Span gives credit to his Mom for the sacrifices she made so he could pursue his dream as a Major Leaguer. As a result, Span was inspired to give back to those single parent families.

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers Encourages Others to Rise to the Challenge

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Clayton Kershaw can often be found on the mound when he’s at Dodger Stadium. Last Thursday, however, he found himself behind a ping pong table, alongside celebrities and teammates for the 4th annual PingPong4Purpose event.

Kershaw’s Challenge, founded by Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, in 2011, began with Hope – not the feeling, but the name.

Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians Helps Build a Stronger Generation

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Carlos Carrasco, who grew up in Venezuela, learned to pitch and reached the Major Leagues with the Phillies at age 22, likes to show that if you work hard and pursue your dreams, anything can happen.

The goal the hard-throwing right-hander most recently realized was U.S. citizenship. For months, teammates including Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli peppered him with questions, then last week Carrasco passed the test.

Trevor Plouffe of the Minnesota Twins Helps His Country While Inspiring a Younger Generation

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Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins third baseman, is all business on the field, but all smiles off of it.

A kid at heart, he finds time to connect with children while benefiting the community, despite the grueling schedule of being a professional baseball player.

David Ortiz Helps Children in the Places He Calls Home

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With 24 home runs and a .315 batting average, David Ortiz’s booming bat doesn’t show any signs of slowing down in his farewell season, nor does his work with the David Ortiz Children’s Fund – a legacy of giving that will last long beyond his retirement.

In February 2005, Ortiz visited children at the CEDIMAT Hospital in his home country of the Dominican Republic. Overwhelmed by the experience, Ortiz created the DOCF as a way to be proactive in the effort to support healthcare for children.

Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds Takes a Swing for Those at Home

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Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds outfielder, has hit 18 homeruns so far this season. The biggest swing he’ll take, however, is during the Jay Bruce Golf Benefit and Tournament this November.

Bruce’s older sister, Kellan, has intellectual and developmental disabilities, which inspired Bruce to create the golf benefit in 2010.

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