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Press Release

06/17/2008 10:09 AM ET
Cardinals players create lasting memories for St. Louis area children
"Buses for Baseball" program gives underprivileged kids the chance to watch a Major League baseball game

ST. LOUIS -- Prior to tonight’s game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Cardinals players Ryan Franklin, Jason LaRue, Kyle Lohse, Joel Piniero, Albert Pujols, Ron Villone and Todd Wellemeyer will provide everlasting memories to a group of local children as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball” program motors into the Gateway City.

Courtesy of the players’ charitable foundation, children from the Pujols Family Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the love, care and development of people with Down Syndrome and their families, will receive round-trip transportation to the game, meet the players, and receive free tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs. “Buses for Baseball” will provide many of the children with their first chance to attend a Major League Baseball game.

This season, “Buses for Baseball”, a program administered by the Players Trust and underwritten by Majestic Athletic, a division of VF Imagewear, Inc., will provide transportation and personal greetings for more than 1,500 underprivileged children attending Major League Baseball games as invited guests of their big league heroes.

The Players Trust enjoys support from the St. Louis Cardinals organization in providing this unique, up close and personal opportunity to share the thrill of Major League Baseball with those less fortunate. About the Major League Baseball Players Trust.