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06/05/2007 5:45 PM ET
Chris Duncan, David Eckstein, Tyler Johnson, Braden Looper, Albert Pujols and Preston Wilson to create unforgettable memories for St. Louis-area teens and adults with Down Syndrome
Players Trust unites with Pujols Family Foundation to provide once-in-a-lifetime experience at Busch Stadium through “Buses for Baseball” program

ST. LOUIS -- Prior to tonight’s game, St. Louis Cardinals players Chris Duncan, David Eckstein, Tyler Johnson, Braden Looper, Albert Pujols and Preston Wilson will host a group of teens and adults with Down Syndrome through the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball” program.

Courtesy of the players’ charitable foundation and the Pujols Family Foundation the select group will receive round-trip transportation to the game, meet the players, and receive free tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs. The group comprises both youth and adults suffering from Down Syndrome, and includes accompanying family members. Many of those attending are part of Self Advocates for Independent Living, a group that assists adults with Down Syndrome in holding jobs, living on their own and leading a successful life.

“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 underprivileged children attending Major League Baseball games as invited guests of their big league heroes.

The Players Trust enjoys support from the Pujols Family Foundation and the St. Louis Cardinals organization in providing this unique, up close and personal opportunity to share the thrill of Major League Baseball with those less fortunate. “Buses for Baseball” provides many children with their first chance to attend a Major League Baseball game.