The Yankees surprised a girl who has comforted so many others on Day 2 of HOPE Week when they paid a visit to Autumn Blinn and her family at the Ronald McDonald House in the Upper East Side.
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In 1996, Joe Featherston, a physical education teacher at Benjamin Cardozo High School, was approached by a group of parents with special needs children to see if he would be willing to help coach mentally disabled individuals in the Rockaway community.
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For many New York Yankees fans, getting a chance to meet the players, throwing out the first pitch at a game, and having the team throw a party just for you would all be bucket list items; once in a lifetime opportunities that may never be accomplished. On Wednesday, June 27th, Andy Fass did all of those things, and he is only five years old. Andy will start kindergarten in the fall, and he will have a pretty cool story to tell the other kids.
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Yankees Director of Communications and Media Relations explains HOPE Week
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.