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Action Team Short Documentary: Rachel's Story

Rachel, a high school volunteer and Action Team captain, discusses the importance of volunteering and working with MLB players through the Action Team program and assisting kids at The Cleveland Clinic.

Video Transcript


Rachel, Action Team Captain: Hi, I'm Rachel, and I'm an Action Team Captain. I don't see myself as extraordinary. I'd say I'm really just an average teenager. I like to volunteer. I babysit. I work at a pizza shop. Cleveland holds a special place in my heart because this is where my family's at, my friends. It's the Cleveland Clinic where I got better and where we volunteer with the young patients in the cancer unit. Just to see how strong those patients can be and how they can just have so much fun.

I thought it might be kind of tough just because I was in that position, but it's actually just a lot of fun to see them all smiling and everything. When all the staff came in, they were all my old nurses and everything. It was really nice to see them and to see that they still care about me, and they cared about me when I was going through treatment.

Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians Player: What you've gone through, and coming back, and showing them, "Even through I've went through something horrible," now you're here, and you're making other peoples' lives better.

Rachel: I'm really busy and I know a lot of people in high school are really busy with everything going on, but just to find one hour where maybe you'd be watching a TV show to just give your time to somebody else instead. Anyone can join an Action Team. It doesn't take anyone spectacular to do anything. You just join, and volunteer, and help out. Just get some of your friends together. It doesn't have to be some huge thing. Just get a couple people to go do something that you're passionate about. Find something that you like and make the world a better place.

Baseball's just a sport I grew with. My grandpa and my dad have both been really passionate about it. My favorite thing about sports is how the community all comes together to root for one team. The fact that Action Team is connected to baseball got me really excited to be a part of it. It's definitely made me appreciate volunteering more. Also, bringing baseball players into it, it shows no matter how successful you are, people still want to give back.

That's how impactful volunteering can be. It doesn't take an extraordinary person to make a difference. Anyone can make a difference, and I think we all do. It's just a matter of what kind of a difference you choose to make. Just having a positive attitude or helping someone every now and then makes more of a difference than I think any of us realize. If everyone did one small nice thing every day, I think we could have a much happier world. Visit the website to find out how you can join an action team.