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Action Team launches 2014-15 program year on Saturday, September 6 with regional training session in Denver, Colorado

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New York, NY, Thursday, September 4, 2015 … The Action Team national youth volunteer program, created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America, will officially launch its 2014-15 campaign on Saturday, September 6, when it hosts a regional training session in Denver, Colorado.

During the training session, Denver area high school students serving as Action Team Captains will participate in a question and answer session with members of the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres. Training session participants will also pick up tips on public speaking and presentation skills by guest presenter, and longtime Action Team supporter, Avish Parashar, author of Improvise to Success.

The teens will also have opportunities to exchange ideas and best practices with each other, in an effort to help them plan and organize community service activities in their schools and communities.

The second of two regional training sessions will be held at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on Saturday, September 13. Following a similar agenda as the Denver event, Action Team Captains attending the training session in New York will be joined by members of the New York Mets and visiting Washington Nationals.

During the school year, Action Team high school students receive access to monthly conference calls featuring Major League baseball players, hosted by legendary broadcaster, George Grande; free T-shirts, posters and brochures to help plan and organize volunteer activities. Action Team members are also eligible for college scholarships from the Players Trust and they receive access to step-by-step volunteer project ideas and other service-related resources on www.ActionTeam.org.

With Action Teams in place in 100 high schools across 33 states and Puerto Rico, Major League baseball players and student Action Team Captains directly encourage more than 200,000 high school students to volunteer annually, and indirectly encourage millions more through www.ActionTeam.org, social media efforts and TV and radio PSAs.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, Action Team-specific service projects have involved more than 73,000 high school students and have helped over 229,000 people in need.

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Media Contact: Greg Bouris, MLBPA Director of Communications, 212/826-0808; gbouris@mlbpa.org