Tyson Ross joins Taylor Hooton Foundation's Advisory Board of Major-League players

Padres pitcher joins 21 others in helping to educate young people about the dangers of appearance and performance enhancing drugs

Peoria, AZ (March 22, 2015) - The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced today that Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres has joined its "Advisory Board" of active players from throughout Major League Baseball. The Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the youth of America.

The Padres right-hander joins 21 other members of the "Advisory Board." They are:

Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays)

Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds)

Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals)

John Danks (Chicago White Sox)

David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays)

Brian Dozier (Minnesota Twins)

Charlie Furbush (Seattle Mariners)

Brett Gardner (New York Yankees)

Dillon Gee (New York Mets)

Ken Giles (Philadelphia Phillies)

Alex Gordon (Kansas City Royals)

Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Dallas Keuchel (Houston Astros)

Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians)

Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Joe Panik (San Francisco Giants)

Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox)

Josh Reddick (Oakland Athletics),

Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals)

C.J. Wilson (LA Angels of Anaheim)

Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Additional members of the "Advisory Board" will be announced throughout the 2015 season.

"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 Taylor Hooton Foundation 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 and these players are sending a strong and valuable message."

As members of the "Advisory Board," the players will participate in the THF's educational activities in their local communities as well as in print, radio and TV public-service ads. They will also provide their input on the most-effective ways to educate North America's young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.   

To date, the Taylor Hooton Foundation has spoken to and educated more than one-million people. It has a Latin American outreach and travels throughout the Caribbean, speaking to thousands of RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) athletes, coaches and parents in partnership with Major League Baseball. Additionally, the THF introduced a new eLearning program in 2014 - narrated by Bob Costas - to Little League Baseball that is offered to its one-million adult coaches and other volunteers.