09/11/2009 4:40 PM ET
MLBPA and MLB to distribute up to one million free tickets to veterans, public servants and union-served youth
"MLB and Players GIVE BACK" Program Launchestoday on September 11 - a National Day of Service and Remembrance
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) will donate up to one million tickets to people who serve their country and community, as well as under-served youth, through the launch of a new program called MLB & Players GIVE BACK starting today on September 11 -- a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
MLB and the MLBPA will donate the tickets to those who are dedicated to community service including veterans and public servants - such as first-responders, fire fighters, teachers - as well as disadvantaged children. Individual Clubs will distribute the tickets to their respective communities, while supplies last.
MLB & Players GIVE BACK was created to reward those who have dedicated their lives to serving others, and is an extension of similar community service efforts undertaken over the years by Major League baseball players and MLB.
Major League baseball players administer and operate the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation through which 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. During the 2009 All-Star Game, MLB launched the "Going Beyond" initiative which celebrated the importance of community service by raising more than $7 million for various charitable organizations and recognized 30 All-Stars Among Us, everyday citizens who made significant contributions to their community.
"Major League Baseball is pleased to join the Players Association in honoring those who go beyond in serving their communities," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "As a social institution, we take the responsibility of giving back to the community seriously, and we believe it is important to thank our veterans and public servants, through MLB & Players GIVE BACK, for their commitment to this ideal."
"The players are happy to join Major League Baseball in rewarding the tireless efforts of our community servants," said Michael Weiner, MLBPA General Counsel. "Through the Players Trust, players encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, and that's why players teamed with Volunteers of America to create the Action Team, a national youth volunteer program. The MLB & Players GIVE BACK program is just one more way to say thank you to those who have responded to the call to get involved."
Since the game's inception, the players and Major League Baseball have been heavily involved in all aspects of community service, encouraging others to get involved through leading by example. These same principles are echoed in President Barack Obama's call for community service through "United We Serve," a program that encourages all Americans to be part of building a new foundation for America by engaging in sustained and meaningful community service. In April, President Obama signed the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act which recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
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