Chad Cordero and Felipe Lopez presented achievement certificates to high school students who are members of the Washington D.C. Action Team in a pregame ceremony on Wednesday.

The Action Team program, which is administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, encourages young people to volunteer in their communities. Working together, Major League players and the student volunteers have brought their message to more than 12,000 high school students and helped more than 55,000 people in need since the program's inception.

Cordero and Lopez presented the award certificates on Thursday to Action Team captains Alex Quarles of St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va.; Sean Hickey of Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va; and Shannon Briggs, Meghan Reed and Lindsay Wilcox of Yorktown High School, also in Arlington.

Hickey also received a $1,000 college scholarship from the Major League Baseball Players Trust in recognition of his dedication to community service.

Action Team Captains unable to participate in the presentation were Robby Barnard, Connor McGuiness and James Williams of St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School; and Briana Hanafin and Leah Patterson of Yorktown High School.

Among their efforts this past school year, the D.C. Action Team captains got their peers involved to help decorate a homeless shelter and improve the surroundings for its more-than-45 residents.

Action Teams are working together in Cincinnati, Denver, Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Mobile, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Portland (Maine), San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C..

Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust plan to expand the Action Team program to Chicago, Cleveland and Tampa during the 2008-09 school year.

In addition, a school-based Action Team curriculum, developed in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, extends the volunteerism message and teaches community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States.