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April 26, 2016
Hall president wins award for war on PEDs
Hall president wins award for war on PEDs Jeff Idelson is trying to knock performance-enhancing drugs out of the ballpark. The Taylor Hooton Foundation has noticed, too, as it will present the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s president with its Legacy Award on April 23 at Eddie Dean’s Ranch in Dallas. “It is a humbling and proud honor to receive this award,” Idelson, the Hall’s president since 2008, said in a media release emailed to The Daily Star by the Cooperstown shrine. “We have been fortunate to have had the support of the foundation and its founder, Don Hooton, as we teach young athletes about the importance of fair play. “Our ability to solicit commitments from individuals of all ages to live and play free of PEDs has been greatly enriched by the outreach of the Taylor Hooton Foundation,” Idelson continued. “We thank Don and the foundation, not only for this honor, but for helping us reach many young people with a positive message of fitness, nutrition, character and fair play over the last four years.” Idelson will become the second recipient of the foundation’s Legacy Award, following Bud Selig. The former Major League Baseball Commissioner won the inaugural award in 2015 from the Taylor Hooton Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other PEDs. Friends and family of Taylor Hooton formed the foundation in 2004, after Taylor died at age 17 following his use of anabolic steroids. The Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the fight against PED use. Idelson, who has spent more than 30 years in baseball, will accept the award at the second annual Hoot’s Boot Scoot All-Star Gala in Dallas. Tickets cost $100 per person, with tables of eight beginning at $750. Sponsorship packages are also available. The mission of the Gala is to grow the foundation’s message to young people about the dangers of PED use, including anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, unregulated dietary substances and energy drinks. “Our Gala offers our friends and supporters an opportunity to lend their support to our national youth education mission,” Don Hooton said in the media release. “Proceeds from this event will be used to help us reach more kids across the US with our educational programs.” http://www.thedailystar.com/sports/national_sports/hall-president-wins-award-for-war-on-peds/article_193a53dc-f4ea-5d9c-a1e6-41999f95adf9.html