Major Leaguers —past and present — came up “aces” for the Players Trust in Las Vegas.
During the 11th annual Players Trust off-season golf tournament last week, 30 current and former players helped the Trust’s fund-raising activities live up to their billing as one-of-a-kind events.
Sponsors and guests had memorable experiences mingling with a roster of players that ran the gamut from first-year players to veteran stars to retired All-Stars and Hall of Famers including Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield.
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.
It was an evening for reminiscing, when Major Leaguer Wesley Wright was reunited with New Hope Academy Action Team Captains on the final Conference Call of the 2014 calendar year.
On December 12, just days before the conference call, Wesley joined teens and adults coordinators from Prattville, Alabama’s New Hope Academy, one of the newest Action Teams, during a holiday senior luncheon and dance party for residents at the nearby Gillespie Senior Center.
Between homework, sports, club activities, part-time jobs and other after-school obligations, high school is a busy time in a young person’s life. So it’s not surprising that students take their free time very seriously.
Yet, every year thousands of these busy teens dedicate a portion of that valuable free time to give back to their communities under a nationwide program established in partnership by Major League baseball players and Volunteers of America. These students make up the Action Team.
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.