In 2009, Albuquerque Isotopes President Ken Young donated $10,000 to the foundation, demonstrating the organization’s commitment to the eradication of performance enhancing drugs.
The Foundation decided to use a portion of these funds to give back to area youth. This Wednesday, the Foundation will do an educational program at Highland High School for approximately 500 students at 9:15 AM to 11:00 AM. Then, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM the Foundation will conduct a presentation at the Boys and Girls Club of Albuquerque and Rancho Rio (3333 Truman Street NE).
“The Isotopes organization is delighted that the Taylor Hooton Foundation has chosen to educate Albuquerque area kids about the dangers of steroid abuse and about healthy living,” said Isotopes President Ken Young. “We are happy that the Foundation is using the Isotopes’ donations to give back to local kids.”
Don Hooton, along with members of his family, formed the Taylor Hooton Foundation in February 2004, just seven months after the tragic loss of his son, Taylor, who committed suicide following the use of anabolic steroids.
The Taylor Hooton Foundation brings attention to and educates children about the dangers of appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs. The Foundation’s vision is the elimination of these drugs from high school students’ lives. Built on a set of core values – honesty, integrity, fair play and healthy competition – the foundation teaches children that there are ways to achieve their goals through exercise, diet, and hard work.