The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF) was formed in 2004 in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year-old high school athlete from Plano, Texas, who played American Legion Baseball and took his own life on July 15, 2003, after using anabolic steroids.
Taylor Hooton’s parents, family and friends founded the THF after learning of the growing number of middle school, high school and college students illegally using and abusing anabolic steroids, Human Growth Hormone (HGH), unregulated dietary supplements, and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs).
As two tenants of The American Legion Baseball Code of Sportsmanship are “keep myself fit” and “keep a sound soul, a clean mind, and a healthy body,” the THF is widely recognized as a leader in education on the topic of youth APEDs in the United States, Canada and Latin America. With the passing of Resolution No. 12, The American Legion commends the Taylor Hooton Foundation for its efforts in providing parents, coaches and other adult influencers with knowledge and tools to help raise awareness about the dangers of appearance and performance enhancing drugs by making the right choices with respect to healthy lifestyle.
For more information on the Taylor Hooton Foundation, visit www.taylorhooton.org.http://www.legion.org/baseball/232671/legion-baseball-create-department-website-network