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Players Trust engages Washington, D.C. community during All-Star Game festivities

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2018 – The Major League Baseball Players Trust, the collective charity of players, is providing clinics for kids and coaches, building a new playground and making a grant to an organization that helps separated members of the military share storytime with their children at home.

“Players want to leave a lasting impression for the greater Washington, D.C. area and our service members around the world as part of the 2018 All-Star Game activities,” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said. “It’s our way of saying, ‘Thank you!’”

On Friday, the Players Trust begins its All-Star Youth Development Weekend with a clinic for approximately 60 Washington, D.C.-area youth coaches followed by a panel discussion on the state of youth baseball development.

On Saturday, approximately 60 boys and girls from ages 8 through 12 will participate in a youth clinic at St. Albans’ baseball field.

Instruction for both events will also be provided by an impressive group of former players including Lou Collier, Dave Gallagher, Danny Graves, Marquis Grissom, Charles Johnson, Willie Randolph, Junior Spivey and Dmitri Young.

In addition to Clark, MLBPA staff members including Hall-of-Famer Dave Winfield and former players Jeffrey Hammonds  and Bo Porter will participate in the clinics, as well as former executive and scout Reggie Waller.

The Players Trust is also providing a $150,000 grant to United Through Reading, a non-profit whose mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. UTR helps active service members at more than 200 locations video-record themselves reading aloud to their children.

“The ability to maintain a sense of family unity while separated is paramount to military families succeeding and thriving,” said UTR CEO Sally Ann Zoll.

The Players Trust is also granting $100,000 to Kaboom!, a national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play, to build a playground at the Elsie Whitlow Stokes school, which serves more than 800 students in the city’s sixth, seventh and eighth wards.

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About the Major League Baseball Players Trust
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes.  Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1.5 million in annual grants and programs. For additional information, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org

About United Through Reading

United Through Reading (UTR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit organization that has served military families for more than 29 years. UTR’s mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. UTR offers service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children at home which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections, and cultivates a love of reading and early childhood literacy.  UTR is available on military installations in the US and overseas, forward operating bases, deployed U.S. Navy and Coast Guard assets, and at select partner host-sites. The video-recordings and books are sent home to the child to be enjoyed over and over again providing the comfort of shared storytime. For more information, please visit www.unitedthroughreading.org.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or restore more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboomfacebook.com/kaboom, and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids