McKinney, TX (January 12, 2014) – The Taylor Hooton Foundation, widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the youth of America, has issued the following statement in response to requests for comment on Saturday’s arbitration ruling –

“As I said at the time of Major League Baseball’s suspension of Alex Rodriguez last August, I am disappointed and saddened by the decisions Alex has made that led to this ruling,” said Don Hooton, Taylor Hooton Foundation president. “The Taylor Hooton Foundation fully supports the efforts made by Major League Baseball to eradicate illegal anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs from the game.

“I remain concerned, however, that we Americans continue to focus on the shiny objects, those few professional athletes who get caught using PEDs while over a million and a half of our middle- and high school children admit to using these drugs that are illegal without a prescription and have been proven to be seriously harmful to their health and well being.

“Let’s put that 1.5-million number into perspective.” Hooton continued. “If, hypothetically, every single Major League and NFL player was using anabolic steroids, it wouldn’t fill a typical local high school football stadium.  Yet, there are enough of our children using these drugs to fill up every Major-League ballpark in the country.  Most adults, as well as our federal government, continue to be oblivious to this ongoing epidemic.”

CONTACT:            Rick Cerrone

                             Rick Cerrone Communications

                             (914) 715-5491 / rick@rickcerrone.com


 About The Taylor Hooton Foundation: The Taylor Hooton Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.   The friends and family of Taylor Hooton formed the Foundation in 2004 after his untimely death at 17 years old following his use of anabolic steroids.

For more information about the Taylor Hooton Foundation and its efforts, please visit www.taylorhooton.org.

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