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.
Major Leaguers understand the importance of teamwork. And they know that by working together, the impact of their actions can be multiplied. In the pages that follow, you will learn about our collective charitable vehicle, the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Through the Trust, we pool our resources to support efforts that provide hope, sustainability, and create lasting change. And we are grateful for our ability to inspire others to get involved in their communities as well.
The work of the Players Trust in 2017 can be summed up in one word: build. Together, the players helped build homes, communities, character and futures.
During 2017, the world witnessed a string of natural disasters that impacted many of the communities players call home. We were eager to help individually, as well as through the Players Trust. We announced our fourth $1 million commitment to assist in the wake of disasters, bringing our total to more than $5 million in disaster relief and rebuilding efforts. Additionally, more than 40 current and former Major Leaguers joined together with Habitat for Humanity to frame houses for victims of the Houston flooding.
Earlier in the year, players joined together to build a playground and provide free vision screenings for youth in Opa-Locka, Florida as part of the All-Star weekend.
Also, hundreds of teens across the country continue to build their leadership skills while serving as Action Team Captains to volunteer in support of causes important in their communities.
In the pages that follow, you will learn more about our diverse programs and dedicated partners. We are also excited to be on the brink of launching a new direction for the Trust – a focus on something dear to our hearts – youth baseball.
We encourage you to visit PlayersTrust.org, sign up for our quarterly newsletters and follow us on social media @MLBPlayersTrust to keep up to date with all of our charitable endeavors.
We look forward to the future as we continue to care, act, and inspire in the years to come.
– Tony Clark, Andrew Miller & Daniel Murphy
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.