PASADENA, Calif. -- Major League Baseball has become a founding sponsor of the Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF), an organization dedicated to battling steroid abuse among young people through education and public awareness, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig and THF Chairman and President Donald M. Hooton jointly announced here today.
The foundation, a non-profit corporation, was formed in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year-old high school student-athlete from Plano, Texas, who took his own life on July 15, 2003 as a result of anabolic steroid abuse. Upon discovering the magnitude and seriousness of steroid abuse among young people, Donald, Taylor's father, aided by family and friends, founded the Foundation in 2004.
As part of the sponsorship, Major League Baseball's has made a $1 million commitment to the foundation over the next two years. In addition, Major League Baseball will provide mutually agreed upon support and assistance where possible, such as a link to the MLB website.
"When I heard Mr. Hooton describe the tragic circumstances that led him to this cause, I realized that Baseball could expand the fulfillment of its social responsibility and help lead the fight against the abuse of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances among our youth," said Commissioner Selig. "I applaud Mr. Hooton and the Taylor Hooton Foundation for their efforts in taking on such an important national health issue."
"I am so extraordinarily pleased that we are announcing that Major League Baseball has stepped forward as a founding corporate sponsor," said Don Hooton. "To help me lead the foundation, we have assembled a Board of Advisors made up of a distinguished group of experts from a diverse set of backgrounds that are at the top of their fields. We are all deeply grateful to Commissioner Selig and Baseball for believing in our cause and trusting in our ability to accomplish our objectives."
Major League Baseball and the Taylor Hooton Foundation have enumerated their common goals and objectives. They are as follows:
Educate young people, parents, coaches and other adult influencers about the dangers of steroids and other performance-enhancing drug use;
Educate young people, parents, coaches and other adult influencers about healthy ways to train, compete, and excel;
Reduce the incidence rate of steroids and other performance-enhancing drug use among our nation's young people;
Undertake what MLB and the THF view as the first steps of a long-term relationship towards these goals and objectives.
In addition, Major League Baseball will continue its efforts in attaining its previously stated goal of eradicating the abuse of steroids and performance-enhancing substances from the game.