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Major Leaguers award college scholarships to Action Team Captains

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New York, NY, Monday, April 21, 2014…In keeping with the spirit of Volunteer Recognition Month, Major League baseball players will award $2,000 college scholarships to 18 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action Team national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteer of America.

Scholarship awards are based on the volunteer efforts, academic achievements and leadership skills of high school students serving as Action Team Captains — those students responsible for planning and organizing Action Team-related volunteer activities and encouraging their peers to heed the call to get involved. This school-year, Major Leaguers and more than 500 Action Team Captains in nearly 100 high schools across the country are working together to inspire and train the next generation of volunteers.

Since its launch in 2003, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers have inspired more than 65,000 students to serve over 205,000 people in need. There are Action Teams in 33 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Japan, and each month the Action Team Captains participate in a conference call hosted by legendary broadcaster George Grande that features a Major Leaguer and an “Action Team High School of the Month.”

Action Team Captains receive free posters, DVDs, T-shirts and brochures to help support their efforts. They are also invited to attend Action Team training sessions at the beginning of the school year, and, in recognition of their efforts and accomplishments, they receive free tickets to Major League baseball games and certificates of achievement signed by Major Leaguers near the end of the school year.

Action Team applications and additional information, including upcoming events, can be received by sending a request to ActionTeam@mlbpa.org or by visiting our website at www.ActionTeam.org

Receiving scholarships from the Major League Baseball Players Trust are:

Student Location School
William Appel Marysville, WA  Marysville High School
Maxwell Bailey West Deptford, NJ  West Deptford H. S.
Allison Coburn Saco, ME Thornton Academy
Thomas Coward Alexandria, VA St. Stephens & St. Agnes
William Coward Alexandria, VA St. Stephens & St. Agnes
Angelina DeBenedittis Denver, Co MLK, Jr. Early College
Diana Dinh Everett, WA Mariner High School
Stormie Garza Harlingen, TX Early College H.S.
Margaret Gorman Arlington, VA HB Woodlawn
Patrick Gorman Arlington, VA HB Woodlawn
Sanya Hines-Doctor Philadelphia, PA P.E.T. Charter H.S.
Jonathan Ibanez Waliuku, HI St. Anthony Jr/Sr H.S.
Micah Leval Waliuku, HI St. Anthony Jr/Sr H.S.
Aimee Lonneman Denver, CO D’Evelyn Jr/Sr H. S.
Chase Malynn Santa Clarita, CA West Ranch H.S.
Simran Parwani Pittsburgh, PA Fox Chapel Area H.S.
Tia Seki Waliuku, HI St. Anthony Jr/Sr H.S.
Christine Vincent Arlington, VA Yorktown High School