BECAUSE OF THEIR CARING COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE IN NEED, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS FORMED THE PLAYERS TRUST – A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION THAT IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS – TO SUPPORT CAUSES IMPORTANT TO THEM AS A GROUP AND TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.
As the Director of the Major League Baseball Players Trust, I have the opportunity to witness firsthand the caring, compassion, and commitment that hundreds of the most talented athletes in the world have for others. So many of these players do not want to be recognized for their achievements on the field, but rather for their ability to leave a lasting impact on the communities where they live and work. That’s why they created the Players Trust, becoming the first professional athletes to embark on such an undertaking. What was true back in the beginning, remains true today – the players embrace their celebrity status for what it offers them – the ability to help those in need and to inspire others to do the same.
– Melissa Persaud
Major Leaguers have always been passionate about the game they play and about making a difference in the lives of others. Whether through their own personal foundations, or in support of other charitable organizations, virtually every player gives back to his community in one way or another. And as a group, the players are making a difference through the Players Trust, which provides opportunities to support worthwhile causes and encourages others to do the same.
As you navigate through PlayersTrust.org, you’ll read about some of the causes the players are passionate about. If you share our passion and commitment to helping others, we encourage you to support a cause that’s close to your own heart. If you want to channel your charitable efforts through the Players Trust, we’d love to have you on our team.
Lastly, we thank our charitable partners for the selfless and tireless efforts they display day in and day out. Their support proves that much can be accomplished, and thousands helped, when we care, act and inspire together.
– Tony Clark, Curtis Granderson, Jeremy Guthrie
To know Major League Baseball Players Association ExecutiveDirector and Players Trust Trustee, Michael Weiner, was to be awed by his brilliant mind and compassionate soul…amazed by his ability to make all things understandable…impressed by his humility, his compassion, and his desire to make this world a better place.
To all of us at the Players Trust, Michael was a dedicated colleague and leader whose words and actions exemplified his beliefs. He was an inspiration to all of us.
When Michael and his wife Diane traveled to the All-Star Game in Kansas City in July of 2012, they could have made the rounds, shaking hands and attending the festivities as baseball dignitaries. But instead, they came out to the parking lot at Kaufman Stadium at 8 AM, threw on tool belts and hard hats, and helped build homes for victims of the Midwest tornadoes as part of the Players Trust and MLB’s All-Star Build to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Despite temperatures climbing to over 100 degrees, Michael and Diane were not deterred – Michael telling us that his work with his father in construction years earlier was coming in handy.
The baseball community was devastated when Michael was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor just weeks after that All-Star Game, yet he continued to work and to serve as a Trustee of the Players Trust until he passed away on November 21, 2013. During his 15-month battle with cancer, he welcomed guests with his warm remarks, wit, and humor at the Trust’s golf event at Torrey Pines in January, joined forces with Pirates and Mets players in May in Harlem as they led a City Clinic for autistic youth, and was once again a part of the All Star activities in New York in July 2013. Although confined to a wheelchair and partially paralyzed, Michael embraced the players and his role as Trustee at the Trust’s Hurricane Sandy benefit golf tournament on Bethpage Black.
We will miss Michael’s guidance, his wise counsel, and his vast contributions to the Players Trust. Michael spoke proudly about the Trust, its accomplishments, and the bridge it created between current and former players. He recognized the power of the organization and of the players – the power to care, to act, and to inspire – something which Michael took to heart and did each and every day of his life.
Through the Action Team national youth volunteer program, Major League baseball players, Volunteers of America and high school students everywhere are training and inspiring the next generation of volunteers.
The Buses for Baseball program provides thousands of disadvantaged youth with an unforgettable trip to a Major League baseball game. For many, it’s their first visit to a Big League ballpark.
The City Clinics program was created to help Major Leaguers address the dwindling number of inner city youth playing baseball through free hands-on instruction. Sponsored by Majestic Athletic.
A Players Trust partner since 2002, Volunteers of America is a national human service organization that provides important resources to help improve the lives of at-risk populations across the United States.
Through the Players Trust Disaster Relief program, Major Leaguers respond to world crises with financial and in-person support to aid in immediate and long-term recovery efforts.
and make your community a better place
In 2003, the Players Trust, Major Leaguers and Volunteers of America created the Action Team national youth volunteer program to recruit and train high school students to become volunteers in their communities. Major Leaguers help inspire and encourage high school students to serve as Action Team Captains, who in turn deliver an important message to their peers – - volunteering is cool, fun and personally rewarding. Today there are Action Teams in more than 130 high schools in 35 states, Puerto Rico and Japan.
Through the Action Team, the Players Trust and Volunteers of America are providing high school students with free volunteer resources including:
When you enroll in the Action Team, you will join the players and more than 650 like-minded high school student Action Team Captains to help train and inspire the next generation of volunteers.Get In on the Action today!