NEW YORK -- Major League baseball players continued their efforts to rebuild lives in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Region today, by contributing funds to purchase baseball and softball equipment for 10 New Orleans schools. Through a $5,000 grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, Major Leaguers helped support efforts of the U.S. Olympic Athletes Advisory Councils Project Rebound program, which was organized to help replace sports equipment lost or damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
Twenty-three Olympians, Paralympians and elite athletes were in New Orleans today to personally deliver the equipment during school assemblies and physical education classes. In addition to the baseball and softball equipment provided by the Players Trust, a wide assortment of equipment and apparel was provided by USA Badminton, USA Basketball, USA Diving, USA Table Tennis, USA Triathlon and USA Team Handball.
This past February, Major Leaguers demonstrated their commitment to rebuilding the Gulf Region when the Major League Baseball Players Trust presented a gift of one million dollars to Volunteers of America to launch the Gulf Region Rental Housing Development Fund. The gift was the largest financial contribution ever made by the Players Trust, the charitable foundation of all Major League baseball players. This contribution, along with contributions from other organizations in the future, will be used to develop affordable rental housing in the Gulf Coast region.
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 program 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.