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Yankees Surprise Tuesday's Children

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

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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.

Tuesday’s Children was founded after the September 11th terrorist attacks to aid those in need of healing and recovery. The organization established a mentoring program that has helped to heal the wounds of those who have been affected by tragedy, and has helped more than 175 children to date. Based in the New York tri-state region, Tuesday’s Children fosters relationships between children and adult role models who have both lost family members as a result of tragic circumstances.  The mentors and mentees meet informally at least twice a month, participating in a wide range of activities such as playing video games, hanging out in the park, or going to the movies.

The Yankees honored Tuesday’s Children’s mentor of the year Keith Pryde, and his mentee Robert at the beach club.  Keith lost his sister in the 2007 Virginia Tech campus shooting, and Robert was born just a month before his father was killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks.  The two have formed a close bond—so close that Robert will even be the ring bearer at Keith’s upcoming wedding.

The day continued with the Yankees presenting a check for $10,000 to Tuesday’s Children, followed by lunch, ping pong, and a spirited water balloon fight, of which Curtis Granderson was the big loser.  
After everyone was sufficiently dried off (especially Granderson), it was off to Yankee Stadium by way of water taxi—Mariano Rivera even joked he would be driving.  At the stadium, the kids got to stretch on the field with the players and mentor of the year Keith got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, as well as deliver the lineup card along with his mentee Robert—a fitting ending to a truly exhilarating day.