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05/20/2011 5:43 PM ET
Aybar, Bell, Conger, Downs, Hunter, Kendrick, Pineiro, Trumbo and Wells to provide Los Angeles-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

LOS ANGELES -- Prior to Friday evening’s game at Angel Stadium, Angels players Erik Aybar, Trevor Bell, Hank Conger, Scott Downs, Torii Hunter, Howie Kendrick, Joel Pineiro, Mark Trumbo and Vernon Wells will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from Covenant House California, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into Los Angeles.

Covenant House California is a non-profit agency whose mission is to reach out to homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 18 and 21 and offer them hope and opportunities to turn their lives around. The agency helps youth stay off the streets for good by offering food, shelter, crisis intervention, medical care, employment and educational training, legal assistance, job referrals and other critically needed services free of charge. Since 1988, Covenant House California has impacted the lives of more than 160,000 homeless youth in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Courtesy of the Players Trust, the students will receive round-trip transportation to the game, meet the players, and receive free tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs.

This season, Buses for Baseball will provide transportation and personal greetings for more than 750 underprivileged children attending Major League Baseball games as invited guests of their big league heroes. Buses for Baseball will provide many of the children with their first chance to attend a Major League Baseball game.

The Players Trust enjoys support from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization in providing this unique, up close and personal opportunity to share the thrill of Major League Baseball with those less fortunate.

To watch a brief video featuring the Buses for Baseball program, please visit the Players Trust Channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/MLBPlayersTrust.