"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. In 2015, "Advisory Board" members participated in the THF's "What Inspires Me" print campaign with PSAs running in team magazines/programs as well as in the All-Star Game, League Championship Series and World Series programs.
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.