Hope Week

Words with the Man Behind the Hope

by Kevin Price

The annual HOPE week event, which stands for Helping Others Persevere and Excel (HOPE), is the brainchild of Jason Zillo, the Yankees Director of Communications and Media Relations.  Now in its third year, the Yankees honor various people and groups throughout the week, seeking to provide a boost through the service of their players and coaches.

A Yankee Reunion for Two Russian Orphans

by Chris Hilk
(Left to right) John Lathusky and Andrei Sullivan backstage at the Today Show courtesy New York Yankees

It was an overcast day at the Central Park Zoo and the threat of rain explained the smaller than usual crowd that came to see the animals. But as a horse-drawn carriage pulled up to the zoo’s southern entrance it seemed as if the dreary weather disappeared. 

A New Lemonade Stand for Megan Ajello

by Mack Rosenberg

The fourth day of Hope Week was centered around a 17 year old girl who has been helping to raise money in her community for years outside her home. Her name is Megan Ajello, and though she suffers from Cerebral Palsy and scoliosis and has had six major surgeries, you wouldn’t know it by hearing all that this girl has done for her community. 

Haitian Refugees Tour New Hometown with Yankees

by Kevin Price

For many baseball fans in this city, supporting the Yankees is just part of being a New Yorker.  For 15 young refugees from Haiti attending Saints Joachim and Anne School in Queens Village who were honored by the Yankee organization during ithe third day of HOPE Week, it has become part of a quick transition into life in their new city.

Yankees Surprise Tuesday's Children

by Ricky Cibrano
Curtis Granderson trying - to no avail - to avoid being hit with a water balloon

On Tuesday, July 26th, the Yankees celebrated the Tuesday’s Children mentoring program.  Bronx Bombers Mariano Rivera, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, Corey Wade, Steve Garrison and former manager Joe Torre surprised members of Tuesday’s Children at Beekman Beach club at the South Street Seaport.

Yankees Bring a Ray of Light to DMF

by John DeMarzo
Right fielder Nick Swisher, Catcher Francisco Cervelli, and outfielder Chris Dickerson talk to Daniel at home plate before game

It was March 1997, and 12-year-old Daniel Trush was playing basketball with his father, Ken. Daniel took a shot and missed, but then fell to the ground, grabbing his head. His father thought he was upset from missing the shot, but it was something far more severe: one of five brain aneurysms had burst inside Daniel’s head.