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.
After 14 years apart, the New York Yankees reunite two long lost friends
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.
(Left to right) John Lathusky and Andrei Sullivan backstage at the Today Show courtesy New York Yankees
Yankees surprise 17 year old cerebral palsy survivor
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.
Students from Sts. Joachim and Anne School Honored
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.
Honor Mentor of the Year
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.
Curtis Granderson trying - to no avail - to avoid being hit with a water balloon