NEW YORK -- During an on-field ceremony prior to tonights game, New York Mets players Carlos Delgado and Brian Schneider will present certificates of achievement to local high school students who are members of the New York Action Team. Administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Action Team program was created to encourage young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. To date, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers across the country have inspired more than 12,000 high school students to help more than 55,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities.
Being honored tonight for their efforts to inspire their peers to volunteer are 2007-08 New York Action Team captains Megan Kagahastian, Elizabeth Granados and Kelly Yevoli of Cathedral High School; Armando Avila, Esteban Soler, Angel Tejada, and Steven DElena of Queens Vocational and Technical School and Marlene Bueno, Carlos Collado and Jessica Garcia of the High School for Arts and Business. Kelly Yevoli of Cathedral High School also receives a $1,000 college scholarship from the Major League Baseball Players Trust in recognition of her dedication to community service. Together, these Action Team captains inspired hundreds of their peers to get involved helping people in need. Among their volunteer efforts this past school year, the New York Action Team organized and hosted a holiday party for more than 200 senior citizens.
Action Teams are working together in Cincinnati, Denver, Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Mobile, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (Maine), San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.. Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust are planning to expand the Action Team program to Chicago, Cleveland and Tampa during the 2008-09 school-year.
An Action Team, school-based curriculum developed in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition carries the message of volunteerism and teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States.
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com.