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Action Team: Get in on the Action

Major League Baseball players and high school students across the United States, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Japan are working together to inspire and train the next generation of volunteers.

Getting in on the action is simple. Download an application, have a teacher or guidance counselor at your high school fill it out and send it back to the Major League Baseball Players Trust by email ( or fax it to 212-752-4378.

Action Team high schools receive:

  • Free step-by-step volunteer project ideas
  • Free DVDs, posters and brochures
  • Free T-shirts
  • Free subscription to The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition (A $200 savings!)
  • Chance to speak with Major Leaguers during monthly conference calls
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Free access to valuable volunteer resources

High schools can get in on the action at any time, so don't delay! Send in your application today. For more information, please email the Action Team at or visit

Join the more than 150 high schools across the country that have already teamed with the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America to make a difference in their communities.

More than 45,000 high school students have volunteered to help more than 145,000 people in need! We look forward to having YOU on our team!

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The Action Team is now accepting applications from individual high school students interested in joining the Action Team program but whose schools are not enrolled in the program. Beginning September 2012, individual high school students can become Action Team Ambassadors by filling out the application form before Nov. 30, 2012. It's FREE!

Click here for the Action Team Ambassador application form.

Action Team Ambassador benefits include:

  • Volunteer to support the causes of interest to you
  • Receive certificates for each volunteer activity; great for enhancing a college application or resume
  • Free Action Team dog tag and T-shirt
  • Free project ideas and tips

Reaching out with the Players Trust

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When they're not on the field, Major League Baseball players put their energy into serving their communities outside the ballpark. Players use their celebrity status to raise awareness of community problems and needs. They also roll up their sleeves to get involved -- like Craig Breslow with his Strike Three Foundation ( which strives to heighten awareness, mobilize support and raise funding for childhood cancer research.

The Players Trust is a charitable foundation that supports the volunteer activities of individual players and initiates broad-based programs like the Action Teams. Formed in 1996 by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) -- the players' union -- the Players Trust is the first professional sports foundation of its kind, established and run by the athletes themselves.

Read more about the Players Trust »

Players and Teens Teaming for Service

Felipe Lopez, J.C. Romero and Alex Cora share a moment with the local Action Team at the World Baseball Classic in Puerto Rico.

Major League Baseball players have teamed up with Volunteers of America to recruit and help train a new generation of volunteers. Major Leaguers and high school students across the country are dedicated to encouraging more students to get involved and volunteer.

These students become Action Team captains, who spread the players' messages about the importance of community service to teens in their area. To date, more than 40,000 students have made a difference in their communities through the Action Teams, helping more than 145,000 people where they live. More »

Want To Get Involved? Take Action in Every Community

It's easy to get involved ... and you don't have to be an Action Team member to experience the joys of volunteering. Below are some tips to volunteering by yourself or with a group.

Eric Young Jr. and the Denver Action Team fix up a homeless motel.

  • Contact a local charity that you're interested in and ask how you can help. Be sure to leave your phone number and email address so they can
    contact you whenever the need for volunteers arises.
  • Be a leader and organize a volunteer activity for your school, club or team. Talk with a teacher, guidance counselor or coach to enlist their support. Involving more people in your volunteer activities will allow you to help even more people in need.
  • Work with the elderly. Read to them, help them with computers, listen to their stories and become email pals.
  • Collect children's books and deliver them to elementary-school children. Read to them; you'll be their hero.

To learn more about how you and your friends can get involved, please check out The Wall Street Journal's Classroom Edition website and the Action Team page on the Volunteers of America website.