07/24/2013 11:40 AM ET
Major League Baseball Players Trust to be presented 2013 Humanitarian Award
NORFOLK, Va. -- This fall, the Major League Baseball Players Trust will receive the 2013 Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award for Global Health at the Physicians for Peace Gala on Nov. 2. The annual award, Physicians for Peace's highest honor, recognizes an individual or organization that has improved the health care of the world's most vulnerable populations. The award is named in honor of the founder of Physicians for Peace, Dr. Charles E. Horton Sr.
"On behalf of the Players Trust and all Major League Baseball players, I want to thank Physicians for Peace for this honor," said Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner, a trustee of the Players Trust. "We are humbled and proud to be recognized along with previous Horton Humanitarian Award winners, including President Clinton, Dr. Gupta and ONE."
The Physicians for Peace board of directors felt strongly that the Major League Baseball Players Trust was deserving of this award because Major League Baseball players have taken a leadership role through the Players Trust in responding to international humanitarian crises as well as addressing everyday inequalities of underserved populations around the world. Since 1996, the Major League Baseball Players Trust has touched the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people in hundreds of communities around the world. They have provided life-saving medicines and preventive treatment for children in the Dominican Republic. They have supported long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts in areas devastated by natural disasters, including Haiti, Japan and hurricane-ravaged regions and areas hit hardest by tornadoes in the U.S. Also, they provide micro-financing for needy women and families living in the Dominican Republic to launch businesses and break the cycle of poverty in their communities. The Major League Baseball Players Trust has provided more than $13 million in total contributions to date.
"Through their work in countries like Haiti and Japan, as well as the U.S., the Major League Baseball Players Trust embodies the characteristics of a true global humanitarian: compassion and a commitment to service that transcends race, religion, politics and geography," said Brig. Gen. Ron Sconyers (USAF, Ret.), president and CEO of Physicians for Peace. "Dr. Horton's founding vision for Physicians for Peace was to build peace and international friendships through medicine."
In receiving the award, the Major League Baseball Players Trust will join an elite group of past winners, including Dr. Sanjay Gupta (2011), President William Jefferson Clinton (2010), the ONE grassroots advocacy organization (2009), former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD (2008), and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of The Earth Institute at Columbia University (2007).