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Press Release

06/03/2008 5:00 PM ET
Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers
Batista and Morrow recognize student leaders in national program to encourage youth volunteerism

Seattle -- During an on-field ceremony prior to tonightÂ’s game, Seattle Mariners players Miguel Batista and Brandon Morrow will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor six Seattle-area high school students serving as Captains of the Seattle Action Team, a service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers. During the 2007-08 school-year, these Seattle Action Team Captains raised awareness about the importance of community involvement among other students in their high schools and organized hundreds of other students to get involved in volunteer activities.

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 have inspired more than 12,000 high school students across the United States to help over 55,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities, while an Action Team service-learning curriculum created by the Players Trust in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the country.

Receiving signed certificates of achievement from the players tonight are 2007-08 Seattle Action Team Captains Peter McDonnell of Archbishop Murphy High School; Leslie Grieser, Kara Matsuzawa and Konrad Palubicki of Cascade High School; MacKenzie Hammon and Nic Gregg of Sultan High School. Also, Kara Matsuzawa of Cascade H.S. will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from the Major League Baseball Players Trust in recognition of her dedication to community service. Among their efforts this past school year, the Seattle Action Team inspired their peers to collect over 59,000 food items for more than 150 needy families, including 400 children.

Action Teams are working together in Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, 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.

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 www.MLBPLAYERS.com.