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The Yankees True #1 Prospect

The Yankees honored the Prospector Theater as part of their seventh annual HOPE Week on Aug. 18. (Drew Casey: WFUV Sports)


This is the third of WFUV Sports’ six piece special on the New York Yankees’ 2015 HOPE Week.

The Prospector Theater, which opened in November of 2014, is a traditional movie theater with a remarkable mission.

The theater aims to provide meaningful employment for those with disabilities in the greater Ridgefield, Connecticut area.

Inspired to make a difference, Valerie Jenson envisioned the theater when seeing that it was slated to be demolished. The theater’s staff now includes over 100 employees, who work in various departments from ticketing to concessions to development.

On Aug. 18, as part of the Yankees seventh annual HOPE Week, the theater and it’s employees were surprised by the Bronx Bombers during a professional development workshop. 

General partner and vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, general manager Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi, third baseman Chase Headley and catcher Brian McCann were all in attendance for the winningest sports franchise in baseball history.

To hear about the events of the day, which centered around teamwork, and more about the organization, please listen to the full audio feature by pressing play below.