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Baseball Hall of Fame Now Offers Drug Ed

The program is launched just as some controversial steroid-using players are set to appear on Hall of Fame ballots.

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By Valerie Tejeda

02/09/12

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The Baseball Hall of Fame is starting a new program to help educate young adults and students about performance-enhancing drug use. The program—named "Be a Superior Example" (BASE)—comes in the same year that players like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens will appear on Hall of Fame ballots for the first time following steroid accusations. The Hall of Fame museum in Cooperstown, New York, will start launch interactive educational kiosks on site, as well as learning programs online. Museum president Jeff Idelson insists the program has been years in the making and has nothing to do with the controversial players on the ballot this year. “We’re launching it now because it’s taken that long to build the curriculum, the program elements, and find the funding to launch BASE,” he says. “We still need to find more funding to sustain it, but we now have enough to launch it and keep it up and running.” The Hall of Fame museum houses many Major League artifacts, as well as plaques representing the inductees. Idelson stresses that “character, sportsmanship and integrity” are the qualifications for ballot selection and that the new educational program “is not intended to cast a directive to voters about Hall of Fame-worthy candidates.”

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