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Press Release

05/23/2007 4:45 PM ET
Jay Gibbons, Adam Loewen, Melvin Mora, Corey Patterson & Brian Roberts create baseball memories for young cancer patients
Players join forces with Belanger-Federico Foundation to treat young oncology patients and their families to an unforgettable trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards

BALTIMORE -- Prior to today’s game, Baltimore Orioles players Jay Gibbons, Adam Loewen, Melvin Mora, Corey Patterson and Brian Roberts will help provide a memorable trip to the ballpark for several children from Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center and Sinai Hospital when the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball” program motors in to Baltimore’s Camden Yards.

Courtesy of the Players Trust, the players’ charitable foundation, the children and their families will receive round-trip transportation to the game, watch batting practice, meet the players, and receive free tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs.

Also, in an on-field, pre-game presentation, Gibbons and Roberts will present a ceremonial $50,000 check to the Belanger-Federico Foundation on behalf of the Major League Baseball Players Association representing a contribution to support the Foundation’s efforts to find a cure for lung cancer and to make life more enjoyable for young oncology patients.

“Buses for Baseball,” a program administered by the Players Trust and underwritten by Majestic Athletic, a division of VF Imagewear, Inc., provides transportation and personal greetings for children attending Major League Baseball games as invited guests of their big league heroes.

The Players Trust enjoys support from the Baltimore Orioles organization and Aramark in providing this unique, up close and personal opportunity to share the thrill of Major League Baseball with the children. “Buses for Baseball” provides many children with their first chance to attend a Major League Baseball game.