June 12, 2011 - Rockies Players Celebrate Head Start
What: Denver Action Team Celebrate Head Start Graduation
Where: Clayon Early Learning
When: Friday, June 10, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Host(s): Rachel Dolgin
Blacktie Photos by: Blacktie staff
Houston Street not quite looking ferocious.
The sacrifice bunt is a well known play in baseball. But no sacrifice was needed by Colorado Rockies players who came out to celebrate the graduation of Head Start children.
This celebration took place at the Clayton Early Learning center off of Colorado Blvd. Volunteers of America Action Team led the charge. The Action Team is a council of local high school students who work with members of he Major League Baseball Players' Trust to promote volunteerism among youth. And it's working! In a big way by the looks of all the volunteers at Friday's event.
The Action Team put on a fun morning of games, crafts activities and a barbeque for the children and families at the Head Start's "Celebration of Learning." The Action Team members have donated hundreds of hours in their mission of helping low-income Head Start children. They have raised $325 and collected 940 books and school supplies for this event.
A big surprise for the attendees was the arrival of Colorado Rockies players, including Houston Street, Ryan Spilborghs, Dexter Fowler, Eric Young, Jr., Charlie Blackmon and Rex Brothers.
Their participation was through an organization known as "The Players Trust." The Trust was formed in 1996 and since then the Major League Baseball Players Trust ahs touched the lives of thousands of disadvantage people in hundreds of communities around the world.
The Trust is funded through conributions from all MLBPA members and other fundraising efforts. Although some of the younger children were too young to know who the players were, they enjoyed being able to play games with them and the players were a popular hit with older family members.