Baseball Hall of Fame to Debut National “BASE” Program in Dallas/Fort Worth in Collaborative Educational Outreach with the Texas Rangers

“Be A Superior Example” Launches with Nolan Ryan, Taylor Hooton Foundation, PBATS in promotion of healthy living free of performance-enhancing substances

November 05, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY - The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will launch its first national education outreach initiative for its “BASE” program this week, working collaboratively with the Texas Rangers, Taylor Hooton Foundation and Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society to deliver messages of healthy living to Arlington-area youth. 

The “Be A Superior Example” program will visit four Arlington (TX) ISD Junior High Schools and carry out a collaborative active lifestyle clinic at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, targeting eighth-grade students with a positive campaign with four foundations of healthy living, with the key message to life and play free of performance-enhancing substances. 

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan will highlight the Wednesday afternoon clinic at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington with a keynote address and moderated program on the lessons of BASE, as 120 eighth-graders from the four Arlington ISD Junior High Schools will participate in a clinic, designed to promote an active lifestyle. Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz will participate in the clinic, along with Rangers assistant trainers Kevin Harmon and Matt Lucero, and Rangers Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Jose Vazquez. 

On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, Rangers pitcher Derek Holland will join Don Hooton of the Taylor Hooton Foundation and Brad Horn of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in programs in four Arlington schools to share the messages of positive living. New Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan will also join for the two school visits on Wednesday. 

“As we developed the BASE program and its programmatic goals, one of our primary charges was to go beyond Cooperstown the delivery of this important social message to promote healthy living, promoting that the only way to live is free of performance-enhancing substances,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Because of the national support for this program from more than 400 individual and corporate donors, including MLB and a number of clubs, we have the ability to reach young people in a meaningful way. We are so appreciative of the Texas Rangers for hosting our first BASE program.” 

The education outreach is the first national delivery of the Museum’s BASE initiative, which launched in September with an online education program and Museum exhibit, featuring Hall of Fame members sharing lessons of how fitness, nutrition, good character and fair play provide the foundational basis for a healthy lifestyle. 

A national registry launched in October – allowing individuals of all ages to make a pledge to live free of performance-enhancing substances following the completion of the Museum’s online educational program. 

Names of those who make the pledge will live in Cooperstown, allowing Museum visitors to view the names of those who commit to “Be A Superior Example” alongside the Hall of Fame legends of the game. 

Several Hall of Famers are featured in the presentation of BASE materials, including Hank Aaron, Bert Blyleven, Andre Dawson, Tony Pérez, Ryne Sandberg and Ozzie Smith

The BASE program will visit multiple cities in 2013 with additional opportunities for students across the country to connect directly with Cooperstown for this unique educational program. 

For more information on the BASE program, please visit www.beasuperiorexample.org