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Press Release

05/27/2008 2:00 PM ET
Major Leaguers create unforgettable memories for children in the U.S, Canada
Braves players Francoeur, Hudson, Jurrens, Kotsay, McCann, Ohman, Prado and Teixeira provide once-in-a-lifetime experience for Alabama youth through “Buses for Baseball” program

ATLANTA -- Prior to tonight’s game at Turner Field, Atlanta Braves players Jeff Francoeur, Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrens, Mark Kotsay, Brian McCann, Will Ohman, Martin Prado and Mark Teixeira will provide everlasting memories to a group of visiting children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alabama as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball” program motors from Montgomery, AL to Atlanta, GA.

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 in the U.S. and Canada as invited guests of their big league heroes.

Courtesy of the players’ charitable foundation, children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alabama, a year-round youth development program designed to enhance the quality of life for the young people of Alabama, 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.

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

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 www.MLBPLAYERS.com.