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04/27/2009 3:32 PM ET
Major Leaguers Lincoln, Masset and Weathers and local youth volunteers join forces to landscape Volunteers of America facility for disabled adults

CINCINNATI -- Today, Cincinnati Reds players Mike Lincoln, Nick Masset and Dave Weathers joined forces with local high school volunteers from the Cincinnati Action Team to spruce up the landscape at Volunteers of America’s Antioch Manor, a residence serving 36 disabled, low-income adults.

Administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Action Team program is a youth volunteer initiative that encourages young people to volunteer in their communities. More than 30 students from Elder and Seton high schools joined the Major Leaguers and student Action Team Captains for the landscape project.

The Antioch Manor landscape project is just one of several volunteer projects performed by the Cincinnati Action Team this school year. The Cincinnati Action Team was featured in the December 2008 issue of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition for its work in organizing the Harmony Games, a special Olympic-style event for developmentally disabled adults as well as for its community cleanups and canned food drives.

Action Teams, consisting of Major League baseball players and Team Captains from area high schools, work together in cities nationwide to encourage young people to get involved in their communities by volunteering. To date, Action Teams of high school students and Major Leaguers across the country have inspired more than 17,000 high school students to help more than 75,000 people in need by volunteering in their communities. Beginning in September 2009, virtually every high school in America will be able to join the Action Team by participating in a new Internet version of this unique service-learning program. Action Team applications and additional information can be received by sending an e-mail request to ActionTeam@mlbpa.org.

Additionally, an Action Team, school-based curriculum developed by the Players Trust, in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, carries the message of volunteerism and teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States. The Association of Educational Publishers named this innovative service-learning program a finalist for a 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award.