MLBPAA Announces Manny Acta as Brooks Robinson Community Service Award Winner for 2016 Legends for Youth Dinner
Colorado Springs, CO – The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce that Seattle Mariners third base coach Manny Acta will be honored with the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award at the 17th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City on Tuesday, November 15 at Capitale.
The Brooks Robinson Community Service Award is given annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to a current or former Major Leaguer. The recipient’s community service exemplifies the unselfish and humble attitude of Brooks Robinson, bettering the lives of the youth in his community. The award is given in honor of the dedication Robinson has shown to young people across the country through his support of the Legends for Youth Clinic series and the MLBPAA since its inception in 1982. Previous winners include Clint Hurdle, Adam Jones, Jamie Moyer, Jim Thome and Tim Wakefield.
Due to his significant accomplishments both on and off the field, Manny Acta will honored as the 2016 Brooks Robinson Community Service Award winner. Acta founded the impACTA Kids Foundation, launched in November 2007, to provide kids in both the United States and Dominican Republic with opportunities to achieve their dreams by emphasizing the importance of education, health and athletics. The MLBPAA has hosted Legends for Youth Clinics in conjunction with Acta and his foundation in the Dominican Republic since 2011. Acta has also spent time tutoring his fellow Spanish-speaking players and is known to emphasize the importance of learning the English language. Acta coached and managed in the Major Leagues between the years of 2002 and 2012. In 2013, Acta was hired as an ESPN analyst, also doing work on ESPN Deportes. This year, Acta joined the Seattle Mariners as their third base coach in his 12thseason of coaching or managing in the big leagues.
The Legends for Youth Dinner aims to recognize former Major League players for their accomplishments on the diamond coupled with their off-the-field contributions to communities across the nation. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to honoree Phil Niekro, and the national Heart and Hustle Award will be given as well.
The MLBPAA allocates proceeds from the event to the Legends for Youth Baseball Clinic series. The Legends for Youth program is a series of free baseball clinics designed to provide children with positive role models, teach young players baseball fundamentals and promote the game of baseball.
About The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA)
MLBPAA was founded in 1982 with the mission of promoting baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of more than 7,400, of which approximately 5,600 are Alumni and active players. Alumni players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy. Follow @MLBPAA for twitter updates.
About Legends for Youth Clinics
MLBPAA’s Legends for Youth clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball. The MLBPAA has reached children across America and internationally in Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Venezuela, through the Legends for Youth clinic series. To donate, visit baseballalumni.com/donate. The official hashtag of the Legends for Youth clinic series is #LFYClinic.