Ross joins Hooton Foundation Advisory Board

Ross joins Hooton Foundation Advisory Board

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Padres pitcher Tyson Ross  is joining the fight against the use of performance-enhancing drugs by the youth of America.

Ross was one of 22 active Major League players named Tuesday to the Advisory Board of the Taylor Hooton Foundation -- which is dedicated to educating young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance-enhancing drugs.

The foundation was formed in 2004 by the friends and family of Taylor Hooton after his death at the age of 17 following his use of anabolic steroids.

As a member of the THF Advisory Board, Ross will participate in the foundation's educational activities in the San Diego area as well as appear in print, radio and TV public-service spots.

The Advisory Board will also provide input on the most effective way to educate youth about anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance-enhancing drugs.

"Having these incredible athletes step up to serve as visible role models has had an incredible impact on our mission to show America's youth that there is no substitute to working hard and competing fairly," said THF president Don Hooton.

"Education is by far the best weapon we have to fight the epidemic of appearance and performance-enhancing drug use by our young people. These players are sending a strong and valuable message."

The Taylor Hooton Foundation has already reached more than a million people. It has a Latin American outreach program as well as reaching youth through the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in partnership with Major League Baseball.