Zaun becomes Major League Baseball's first Right To Play Athlete Ambassador



    Catcher to donate $1,000 for every runner he throws out this season

    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - TORONTO BLUE JAYS catcher GREGG ZAUN has joined
the athlete-driven international humanitarian organization RIGHT TO PLAY as
its newest Athlete Ambassador. He is Major League Baseball's first
representative.
    In addition to appearances and speaking engagements, ZAUN will generously
support RIGHT TO PLAY by donating $1,000 for every runner he throws out during
the 2007 season. Fans can support ZAUN's efforts by monitoring his progress
and making their own donation at www.righttoplay.com/zaun.
    "Right To Play is using the power of sport to create happier, healthier,
more peaceful communities for countless children in developing countries
overseas," ZAUN said. "As a professional athlete, I'm fortunate to be in a
position where I can help, and I encourage all Jays fans to join with me in
support of this terrific cause. Together, we can help throw out poverty and
conflict and replace them with laughter and hope for children who need it
most."
    The announcement is being made as the Jays hosted Right To Play Night at
ROGERS CENTRE against the Boston Red Sox. Right To Play Athlete Ambassador and
Olympic gold medalist kayaker ADAM VAN KOEVERDEN will welcome Zaun to the
Right To Play family before throwing out the first pitch.
    Athletes such as ZAUN and VAN KOEVERDEN serve as role models to children,
help with fundraising and speak publicly on the important role sport can play
in child and community development. Zaun joins fellow Toronto professional
athletes ALEXANDER STEEN (Toronto Maple Leafs), JOSE CALDERON (Toronto
Raptors), MIKE O'SHEA (Toronto Argonauts) and the entire TORONTO FC MAJOR
LEAGUE SOCCER TEAM as Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors, adding to the more
than 300 Olympic, Paralympic and professional Right To Play athletes
worldwide.
    "We're so excited to have someone of Gregg's character join our growing
team," said JOHANN KOSS, four-time Olympic gold medalist and PRESIDENT and CEO
of Right To Play. "When people such as Gregg step up in support of children in
our programs, it's an inspiration to all of us. We look forward to working
with Gregg and the Jays for many years to come."




For further information:

For further information: Toronto Blue Jays Communications Department,
(416) 341-1302/03; Mark Brender, Right To Play, (416) 498-1992 ext. 257


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