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Los Angeles Angels OF Torii Hunter continues to inspire hope in hometown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas
by Wayne Coffey
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Raymond (R.J.) McGregor is a soft-spoken 16-year-old with a wisp of a goatee, a penchant for mumbling and enough pain in his past to take him from here to the Ozarks and back. For the last two years, he has played center field and batted cleanup for a state championship baseball team, a 5-9, 160-pound kid with speed and power and outsized ambition, along with a singular rooting interest in the American League Championship Series.
When the Angels and Yankees got things going in a billion-dollar Stadium Friday night, McGregor watched on a fading, 19-inch TV in his mother’s bedroom in a rundown brick rental home, in the most dangerous metropolitan area in the country, according to one recent study. Read more: NY DAILY TIMES
Most cyber-bullied boy on the planet (OC Register)
by Lori Basheda
The boy who started the No Cussing Club (considered the most cyber-bullied boy on the planet) may be coming to a classroom near you.
McKay Hatch is now part of a nationwide character development program that some Orange County Schools are incorporating into their curriculum, courtesy of Angels outfielder Torii Hunter.
As of this week, Heart of a Champion is in South Junior High in Anaheim, McPherson magnet school in Orange, El Modena High in Orange and the entire Savanna School District in Anaheim. Next month Hunter and the Angels Foundation will officially kick off a partnership with the program. Torii is also hosting a celebrity golf classic on Nov. 10 and 11 to raise funds for it.(read more)
Hunter wins Branch Rickey Award - Angels outfielder honored for national work with kids (MLB.com)
DENVER -- Angels outfielder Torii Hunter is active in many different projects off the field, covering athletics, education and public health. Hunter was recognized for it Thursday, when the Rotary Club of Denver announced that he will receive the 2009 Branch Rickey Award.
The award has been given annually since 1991 to a baseball figure for humanitarian and community contributions. Hunter will be honored at a banquet in Denver on Nov. 14.
Awards are not new for Hunter, who was chosen the 2007 Marvin Miller Man of the Year, which goes annually to a player whose on-field and off-field acts inspire others.
In December, during baseball's Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Hunter announced a partnership with the Heart of a Champion Foundation to create the Torii Hunter Project Educational Initiative to provide college scholarships and character development for students in Anaheim, Calif., Pine Bluff, Ark., Las Vegas and Minneapolis.(read more)
Also read what the OC Metro says about Torii Hunter winning the Branch Rickey Award.
Torii Hunter Project to fund scholarships (LA TIMES)
Angels center fielder Torii Hunter will be joined by tennis great Andre Agassi at the winter meetings today to announce an education initiative that will provide scholarships and character development curriculum to students in four cities: Anaheim, Pine Bluff, Ark., where he grew up; Las Vegas and Minneapolis, where Hunter played nine years with the Twins.(read more)
'Hunter Project' expands to educate (MLB.com)
The Torii Hunter Project has long been associated with helping to promote the game of baseball to inner-city youth. But now, Hunter is using his foundation to support another issue close to his heart -- education. (read more)
Hunter giving the gift of education (ESPN)
Torii Hunter has never forgotten about drive-by shootings in the seventh grade, or the gang life, or when his father stole his signing bonus because of his sick need to buy crack.(read more)