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05/11/2011 10:52 AM ET
Major League baseball players contribute $50,000 to Physicians for Peace
Contribution from the Players Trust to fund educational programs and immediate patient care in Haiti

NEW YORK -- Major League baseball players today continued their support of earthquake relief efforts in Haiti by awarding a $50,000 grant from the Players Trust to international nonprofit organization Physicians for Peace. The funds will be used by the humanitarian organization to provide prostheses and rehabilitation to amputee victims in Haiti. In addition, the money will help fund long-term, distance-learning educational opportunities for Haitian technicians working with disabled populations.

Today’s grant is part of the players’ previously announced $1 million, long-term commitment to help Haitians overcome the effects of this devastating disaster.

“On behalf of all Major Leaguers, it’s an honor to award this grant to Physicians for Peace to support their ongoing efforts to help Haitians in need of medical assistance,” said Curtis Granderson, MLBPA representative and Yankees outfielder. “The effects of the earthquake are still being felt by thousands of Haitians, and we hope this grant helps remind people that our Caribbean neighbors are still in need of our ongoing support.”

“The grant will assist us as we continue to deliver immediate patient care in Haiti, which is an invaluable gift to the many people waiting for a prosthetic leg and those who need on-going physical therapy and services to maintain or replace a prosthesis,” said Brig. Gen. Ron Sconyers (USAF, Ret.), president and CEO of Physicians for Peace. “Perhaps even more importantly, the money will help fund a training and certification program for local healthcare professionals, so that Haitian prosthetic experts can one day meet the needs of amputee patients in their own communities.”

Physicians for Peace, based in Norfolk, Va., has a history of collaborative partnerships in Haiti. Immediately after that disaster, the group became a founding member of the Haitian Amputee Coalition, a public-private partnership. Through the coalition, Physicians for Peace sends volunteer physical therapists to work with patients and technicians at the Hanger Clinic at Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelles.

In January 2010, Major Leaguers announced their pledge to provide grants totaling up to $1 million over the next five years to support the efforts of non-profit organizations working to help Haiti recover from the earthquake. In addition to today’s $50,000 grant to Physicians for Peace, Esperanza, Medicines for Humanity and Project C.U.R.E. have received grants totaling $210,000 from the Players Trust to help support various programs in Haiti.

The Major Leaguers’ pledge to Haiti matched the single largest financial contribution ever made by the Players Trust. In 2005, in a demonstration of their commitment to rebuilding the Gulf region following Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita, the Players Trust presented a gift of $1 million to launch the Volunteers of America Rental Housing Development Fund. That contribution, along with contributions from other organizations, was used to develop affordable rental housing in the Gulf Coast region.

About the Major League Baseball Players Trust
The members of the Major League Baseball Players Association created the Players Trust, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, to provide resources of caring to those in need by volunteering in causes close to their hearts and encouraging others to do the same. The foundation became the first of its kind in professional sports established and administered by the players. For additional information, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com and visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.

About Physicians for Peace
Physicians for Peace is an international non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteer healthcare professionals to assist developing nations with unmet medical needs and scarce resources. Through effective, hands-on medical education and training, clinical care and donated medical supplies, Physicians for Peace develops long-term, sustainable, replicable, and evidence-based programs to help partner nations build medical capability and capacity to help themselves. Since 1989 Volunteers for the 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization have conducted medical missions in more than 60 countries. With its headquarters in Norfolk, Va., Physicians for Peace has programs in 22 countries and offices in Manila, the Philippines and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

For more information on Physicians for Peace, please visit www.physiciansforpeace.org.