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04/18/2007 10:29 AM ET
Zaun becomes Major League Baseball's first Right To Play athlete ambassador
Catcher to donate $1,000 for every runner he throws out this season
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Toronto Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun has joined the athlete-driven international humanitarian organization Right To Play as its newest Athlete Ambassador. He is Major League Baseball's first representative.

In addition to appearances and speaking engagements, ZAUN will generously support Right To Play by donating $1,000 for every runner he throws out during the 2007 season. Fans can support ZAUN's efforts by monitoring his progress and making their own donation at www.righttoplay.com/zaun.

"Right To Play is using the power of sport to create happier, healthier, more peaceful communities for countless children in developing countries overseas," ZAUN said. "As a professional athlete, I'm fortunate to be in a position where I can help, and I encourage all Jays fans to join with me in support of this terrific cause. Together, we can help throw out poverty and conflict and replace them with laughter and hope for children who need it most."

The announcement is being made as the Jays hosted Right To Play Night at Rogers Centre against the Boston Red Sox. Right To Play Athlete Ambassador and Olympic gold medalist kayaker Adam van Koeverden will welcome Zaun to the Right To Play family before throwing out the first pitch.

Athletes such as Zaun and van Koeverden serve as role models to children, help with fundraising and speak publicly on the important role sport can play in child and community development. Zaun joins fellow Toronto professional athletes Alexander Steen (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jose Calderon (Toronto Raptors), Mike O'Shea (Toronto Argonauts) and the entire Toronto FC Major League soccer team as Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors, adding to the more than 300 Olympic, Paralympic and professional Right To Play athletes worldwide.

"We're so excited to have someone of Gregg's character join our growing team," said Johann Koss, four-time Olympic gold medalist and President and CEO of Right To Play. "When people such as Gregg step up in support of children in our programs, it's an inspiration to all of us. We look forward to working with Gregg and the Jays for many years to come."

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