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Players Trust deploys Fastball Fund to provide up to $300,000 for disaster relief & recovery efforts

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 27 – The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced that it has partnered with Team Rubicon and Project Hope, two nonprofit organizations aiding in the immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the United States due to recent natural disasters including Hurricane Fiona, and the impending impact of Hurricane Ian.

Through the Fastball Fund, each nonprofit will receive a $75,000 grant to support impacted communities. An additional $150,000 will be deployed to organizations responding to other recent natural disasters here and abroad with an emphasis on relief efforts related to Hurricanes Fiona and Ian. The Players Trust will work with Players to identify nonprofits of their choice that will each receive $10,000 grants to help damaged communities.

“Players want to lend a hand to support families in the areas where they live, play, and call home,” said Major League Baseball Players Trust Director Amy Hever. “Unfortunately, in the past several months we have seen many Player communities hit by natural disasters such as the Jackson, Mississippi water crisis, the California wildfires, and flooding in Kentucky and Alaska. The Trust stands prepared to help Players support these communities in getting the help they need.”

For over 25 years, Players have been committed to making a difference by contributing their time, money, and name recognition to help communities in need and encouraging others to get involved. Through the Players Trust, Players have supported a wide range of organizations and programs, granting tens of millions of dollars.

To learn more about the MLB Players Trust and the disaster response, visit the website.

About the Players Trust

Established in 1996, the Major League Baseball Players Trust is the charitable arm of the Major League Baseball Players Association. The Players Trust is a 501©3 non-profit organization that harnesses the expertise, influence, and passions of players to create meaningful and sustainable change in the lifelong well-being of others. The organization amplifies the social impact of players throughout the communities where they live, play, and call home, impacting thousands of nonprofits and individuals around the world. For additional information, please visit Follow the Players Trust on Twitter (@MLBPlayersTrust) and on Instagram (@mlbplayerstrust).

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises. Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon’s mission is providing relief to those affected by disaster or crises, no matter when or where they strike. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible. Disasters represent a massive financial cost, and by providing immediate relief work, free of cost, Team Rubicon aims to help communities begin recovery sooner.

About Project Hope

For more than 60 years, Project HOPE has transformed the health and well-being of people and communities around the world. They work on the front lines of the world’s health challenges, partnering hand-in-hand with communities, health care workers and public health systems to ensure sustainable change. In disaster and crisis, Project HOPE works within health systems around the world to empower health workers with the training and tools they need to save lives.

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