This press release from the Major League Baseball Players Association:
During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Red Sox players Mike Cameron, Bill Hall and Jason Varitek will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 30 high school students serving as captains of the Maine Action Team, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers. During the 2009-10 school year, these Action Team captains raised awareness about the importance of community involvement among other students in their high schools and organized volunteer activities.
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. To date, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers have inspired more than 25,000 high school students across the country to help over 100,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities.
Receiving signed certificates of achievement from the players tonight are Maine Action Team captains from Georges Valley High School, Lewiston Technical High School, Morse High School, Mt. Ararat High School, Poland High School, Thornton Academy and Windham Raymond School District. Also, Jake Guenette of Lewiston Technical High School will receive a $1,500 college scholarship from the Major League Baseball Players Trust in recognition of his dedication to community service.
Action Teams are at work in more than 145 high schools across the country and Puerto Rico. Each month during the school-year, Action Team captains participate in a conference call with a Major Leaguer and a featured Action Team of the month, to discuss the importance of community service and to share volunteering tips and ideas. High schools interested in joining the Action Team can receive applications and additional information by sending an e-mail request to ActionTeam@mlbpa.org.