Team Puerto Rico stars Alex Cora, Felipe Lopez and J.C. Romero took time before their game with the Netherlands on Monday to honor 10 high-school students who volunteer as Action Team captains in the San Juan area.
03/09/2009 5:24 PM ET
Team Puerto Rico stars honor students
Cora, Lopez recognize students who encourage volunteerism
Administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America, the Action Team program encourages young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. Major League players work directly with the Action Team captains to develop local volunteerism programs and to help inspire the next generation of volunteers.
Receiving signed certificates of achievement from the players in an on-field ceremony were Action Team captains from Colegio Belen in San Juan: Christopher Ayala, Alejandra Diaz, Angelica Diaz, Gabriel Garcia, Krizia Guillermety, Enrique Leal, Angel Roman, Anderson Vazquez, Hector Vazquez and Leilani Vazquez.
Anderson Vazquez also received a $1,000 college scholarship from the Major League Baseball Players Trust in recognition of his dedication to community service.
During the 2008-09 school year, the youth volunteers organized volunteer activities and raised awareness about the importance of community involvement among other students in their high school.
To date, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers have inspired more than 17,000 high-school students across the country to help more than 70,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities, while an Action Team service-learning curriculum created by the Players Trust in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the U.S.
Action Teams are working together in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Maui, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mobile, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (Maine), San Francisco, San Juan, Santa Fe, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.
Beginning in September 2009, every high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico will be able to join the Action Team and receive free volunteer training resources, step-by-step project ideas and opportunities for their Action Team Captains to interact with Major Leaguers.
Action Team applications can be obtained by sending an e-mail request to ActionTeam@mlbpa.org.