The Texas Rangers organization has been named recipient of the 2018 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, Major League Baseball announced Nov. 15 at the quarterly Owners Meetings in Atlanta.
The honor recognizes the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation’s efforts to support Arlington youth through the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program – named after the former Mayor of Arlington who led the campaign to keep the Rangers in Arlington and construct Globe Life Park.
As part of this recognition, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will receive a $10,000 grant from Major League Baseball Charities, the ball club said in a news release.
Now in its 22nd year of operation, the Richard Greene Scholars program has provided more than $1.2 million in college scholarships to 126 Arlington high school students.
In addition to financial aid, the Texas Rangers Richard Greene Scholars program has become a cornerstone leadership development program in Arlington by engaging recipients with local civic and business communities, the news release said.
Richard Greene Scholars participate in a rigorous local internship program and are mentored by leaders within the Arlington community at the City of Arlington, Mission Arlington, AISD administrative office, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the University of Texas-Arlington, Living Science Center at River Legacy Parks, and the Texas Rangers.
Greene and his wife, Sylvia, also work directly with each Scholar and continue to mentor beyond graduation.
The Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence, was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs.
The Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence, was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs. Selig, also known as “Bud,” was commissioner of baseball from 1992 to 2015.
¬– FWBP Staff