BOSTON -- Prior to tonights game, Red Sox players Alex Cora, David Ortiz, and Jason Varitek will present certificates of achievement to local high school students who are members of the Boston Action Team youth volunteer corps. Administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Action Team program encourages young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. To date, Action Teams across the country have inspired more than 9,000 high school students to help more than 38,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities.
Action Teams, consisting of Major League baseball players such as Cora, Ortiz, and Varitek and area high school student Team Captains, are working together in Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (Maine), San Francisco and Seattle. Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust are planning to expand the Action Team program to Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis and Mobile during the 2007-08 school-year.
An Action Team-related, school-based curriculum developed in partnership with The Wall Street Journal 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.
Being honored tonight are 2006-07 Boston Action Team Captains Arielle Spivey, Rashad Williams and Samantha Van Putten from Concord-Carlisle High School; Katherine Bailey, Lauren Fallon, Brett Howley, Jennifer Sands, and Erin Carter from Winchester High School; Luciana Marzilli and Stephanie Vona from Newton North High School; and Wesley Updike, Katherine Farrar, Joe Poirier, and Ricky Wat from Cambridge Rindge Latin High School. Together these Action Team captains inspired hundreds of their peers from the Boston area to get involved helping people in need. Among their many volunteer activities this past school year, Action Team Captains from four high schools inspired their peers to volunteer in support of the Adopt a Client program for Volunteers of America clients and at-risk youth.