Published: Jul 10, 2013 2:55 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays are lending their support to the Florida Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program, which appoints people to mentor and advocate for abused and neglected children.
GAL Executive Director Alan Abramowitz will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Twins.
Ray's first baseman James Loney and his wife, Nadia, were named honorary guardians ad litem and will be featured in public service announcements to recruit volunteers for the program.
Florida's GAL program has nearly 10,000 volunteers statewide. Volunteers mentor abused, abandoned and neglected children, including foster kids, and also advocate for them in court, school and other places.
Abramowitz says it's crucial to give such vulnerable children a voice.

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