The Taylor Hooton Foundation has announced that Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies 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 Phillies' right-hander joins 32 other members of the Hooton Foundation's "Advisory Board," which now includes at least one player from all 30 major-league teams. Nola replaces Ken Giles, a charter member of the "Advisory Board," as the Phillies representative.
"We are so excited to have these world-class athletes step up to be role models for our young people," Hooton said, "and we feel strongly that these public-service ads will send a powerful and valuable message. Education is, without question, the most effective weapon we have to fight the epidemic of appearance and performance-enhancing drug use by our young people and these players are showing kids that they've achieved success the right way."
As members of the "Advisory Board," the players will participate in the THF's 2016 public-service campaign, It's All Me. For the campaign, a print ad for each of the Foundation's "Advisory Board" members will be created - with images provided by THF national partner, Getty Images - and will be made available to each player's respective team program/magazine for publication during the '16 season. In addition, It's-All-Me-themed PSAs will run in Major League Baseball's All-Star-Game, League-Championship-Series and World-Series programs.
In addition to their participation in public-service-ad campaigns in 2015 and '16, members of the "Advisory Board" also take part in the THF's educational activities in their local communities. Board members have also provided 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.
Members of the Taylor Hooton Foundation's "Advisory Board" - to date - include:
|Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers) ||Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians) |
|Jake Arrieta (Chicago Cubs) ||Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves) |
|Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays) ||James McCann (Detroit Tigers) |
|Charlie Blackmon (Colorado Rockies) ||Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates) |
|Mike Blazek (Milwaukee Brewers) ||Aaron Nola (Philadelphia Phillies) |
|Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds) ||Joe Panik (San Francisco Giants) |
|Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals) ||Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox) |
|Brian Dozier (Minnesota Twins) ||Josh Reddick (Oakland Athletics) |
|Logan Forsythe (Tampa Bay Rays) ||Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals) |
|Charlie Furbush (Seattle Mariners) ||Tyson Ross (San Diego Padres) |
|Brett Gardner (New York Yankees) ||Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox) |
|Dillon Gee (Kansas City Royals) ||Logan Schafer (Washington Nationals) |
|Ken Giles (Houston Astros) ||Neil Walker (New York Mets) |
|Alex Gordon (Kansas City Royals) ||C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels) |
|J. J. Hardy (Baltimore Orioles) ||Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) |
|Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers) ||Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks |
|Dallas Keuchel (Houston Astros) || |
About The Taylor Hooton Foundation: The Taylor Hooton Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating North America's young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs. The friends and family of Taylor Hooton formed the Foundation in 2004 after his untimely death at 17 years old following his use of anabolic steroids.
For more information about the Taylor Hooton Foundation and its efforts, please visit www.taylorhooton.org and www.allmeleague.com.