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Press Release

04/21/2008 3:19 PM ET
Detroit Tigers pitcher Nate Robertson joins Volunteers of America and the Detroit Action Team to distribute books to low-income children

DETROIT -– Detroit Tigers pitcher Nate Robertson is scheduled to join Volunteers of America Michigan and students from the Detroit Action Team on Tuesday, April 22 to distribute books and read to low-income children at the Detroit Public Library Main Branch.

Robertson will join area high school students from Ferndale High School, Warren Woods Tower High School and University Prep High School for the day-long literacy event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the library located at 5201 Woodward Avenue.

The student volunteers are members of the Detroit Action Team, a group of community-minded high school students working with Major League baseball players to inspire and train the next generation of volunteers.

"There is something very special when a young child and a teenager interact," said Emilie Rohrbach, Action Team Coordinator for Volunteers of America Michigan. "The younger kids really connect and the teens can be a great positive influence; encouraging kids to read."

Administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Action Team program was created to encourage young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. Action Teams, consisting of Major League baseball players and Team Captains from area high schools, are working together in cities nationwide to encourage young people to get involved. The Action Team program also includes a school-based curriculum developed by the Players Trust, in partnership with The Wall Street Journal's Classroom Edition, which carries the message of volunteerism and teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States.

Action Teams in Michigan are comprised of students from Mumford, Warren Woods Tower, Ferndale, University Prep Academy and Waverly high schools who volunteer their time for various projects throughout the year with Volunteers of America Michigan. Currently, Detroit Tigers players involved with the Action Team include Curtis Granderson, Nate Robertson and Jacque Jones.

Also, on the night of April 22, the Detroit Action Team Captains will be honored in a ceremony at Comerica Park prior to the Tigers game against the Texas Rangers. Action Team Captains will take the field along with Karen Myers and Emilie Rohrbach of Volunteers of America Michigan, where they will be presented with certificates of achievement signed by the players acknowledging their dedicated service to the community and efforts to encourage their peers to volunteer.