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Press Release

04/29/2008 3:43 PM ET
Major Leaguers Award scholarships to Action Team captains
Team Captains from across the country recognized during National Volunteer Week for their ongoing efforts to encourage youth volunteerism

NEW YORK -- Major League baseball players today honored the outstanding achievements of a number of high school students serving as Action Team Captains by awarding them $1,000 college scholarships – recognizing their commitment to community involvement and their efforts to help the players inspire and train the next generation of volunteers. Administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America, the Action Team program encourages young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. To date, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers across the country have inspired more than 12,000 students to help over 55,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities.

Receiving scholarships from the Major League Baseball Players Trust are:

• Boston Action Team Captain, Kyle Larrow, Boston College High School, Dorchester, MA • Cincinnati Action Team Captain, Megan McDonald , Seton High School, Cincinnati, OH • Dallas/Ft.Worth Action Team Captains, Christina Rodriguez and Kaniqua Thomas, School of Education and Social Services at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, Dallas, TX • Detroit Action Team Captain, Amanda Geiger, Ferndale High School, Ferndale, MI • Houston Action Team Captain, Anais Zamora, Reagan High School, Houston, TX • Indiana Action Team Captain, Katelyn Hendrickson, Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, IN • Maine Action Team Captains, Sean Ferris, Morse High School, Bath, ME and Sunaro Ngourn, Scarborough High School, Scarborough, ME • Minnesota Action Team Captain, Mary Cashman, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, St. Louis Park, MN • Mobile Action Team Captain, Cortney Morris, Baldwin County High School, Bay Minette, AL • New York Action Team Captain, Kelly Yevoli, Cathedral High School, New York, NY • Philadelphia Action Team Captains, Gregory Palestini, Philadelphia Electrical and Technical High School and Nikiemma Brown, West Deptford High School, Westville, NJ • San Francisco Action Team Captain, Matt Randelman, Miramonte High School, Orinda, CA • Seattle Action Team Captain – Kara Matsuzawa, Cascade High School, Everett, WA • Washington DC Action Team Captain – Sean Hickey, Bishop O’Connell H. S., Arlington, VA

Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers are working together in Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Mobile, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (Maine), San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.. Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust are planning to expand the Action Team program to Chicago, Cleveland and Tampa during the 2008-09 school-year.

An Action Team, school-based curriculum developed by the Players Trust, in partnership with The Wall Street Journal’s Classroom Edition, carries the message of volunteerism and teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States.

Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit