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Press Release

04/21/2014 3:22 PM ET
Major Leaguers award $36,000 in college scholarships to reward community involvement

Major League Baseball players will award $2,000 college scholarships to 18 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action TeamĀ® national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.

Scholarship awards are based on the volunteer efforts, academic achievements and leadership skills of high school students serving as Action Team Captains -- those students responsible for planning and organizing Action Team-related volunteer activities and encouraging their peers to heed the call to get involved. This school-year, Major Leaguers and more than 500 Action Team Captains in 100 high schools across the country are working together to inspire and train the next generation of volunteers.

Since its launch in 2003, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers have inspired more than 65,000 students to serve over 205,000 people in need. There are Action Teams in 33 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Japan, and each month the Action Team Captains participate in a conference call hosted by legendary broadcaster George Grande that features a Major Leaguer and an "Action Team High School of the Month."

Action Team Captains receive free posters, DVDs, T-shirts and brochures to help support their efforts. They are also invited to attend Action Team training sessions at the beginning of the school year, and, in recognition of their efforts and accomplishments, they receive free tickets to Major League Baseball games and certificates of achievement signed by Major Leaguers near the end of the school year.

Action Team applications and additional information, including upcoming events, can be received by sending a request to or by visiting the Action Team website at

Major League Baseball Players Trust scholarship recipients:

Student Location School
William Appel Marysville, Wash. Marysville High School
Maxwell Bailey West Deptford, N.J.      West Deptford High School
Allison Coburn Saco, Maine Thornton Academy
Thomas Coward Alexandria, Va. St. Stephens and St. Agnes
William Coward Alexandria, Va. St. Stephens and St. Agnes
Angelina DeBenedittis      Denver MLK Jr. Early College High School
Diana Dinh Everett, Wash. Mariner High School
Stormie Garza Harlingen, Texas Early College High School
Margaret Gorman Arlington, Va. HB Woodlawn Secondary Program
Patrick Gorman Arlington, Va. HB Woodlawn Secondary Program
Sanya Hines-Doctor Philadelphia P.E.T. Charter High School
Jonathan Ibanez Waliuku, Hawaii St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School
Micah Leval Waliuku, Hawaii St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School
Aimee Lonneman Denver D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School
Chase Malynn Santa Clarita, Calif.      West Ranch High School
Simran Parwani Pittsburgh Fox Chapel Area High School
Tia Seki Waliuku, Hawaii St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School
Christine Vincent Arlington, Va. Yorktown High School

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 initiative 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

Follow the Players Trust on Twitter @MLBPlayersTrust.
Follow the Action Team on Twitter @_ActionTeam.