The New York Yankees are committed to supporting community-based organizations that provide positive social outlets for New York City youth.
The Yankees partnered with the 44th Precinct Community Council to host an Appreciation Brunch for local police officers from the 44th Precinct. Officers were honored and acknowledged for their commitment to making a difference in the lives of local residents and keeping our community safe.
The New York Yankees partnered with Bronx Community Board 4 (CB4) to host local police officers and firefighters at the 4 + 44 Police Officer and Firefighter Outstanding Service Award Ceremony at Yankee Stadium on November 29, 2018. Award recipients were acknowledged for their commitment to make a difference in the lives of local residents.
2018 4 + 44 Police Officer and Firefighter Outstanding Service Award Honorees:
- Marisol Cancela, Police Office, New York Police Department Transit District 11
- Shauna Smith, Police Officer, New York Police Department Transit District 11
- Matilde Reyes, Lieutenant, New York Police Department Transit District 11
- Justin Banasz, Firefighter, New York Fire Department Ladder 46
- Kevin Kefer, Captain, New York Fire Department Ladder 49
- John Mack, Battalion Chief, New York Fire Department Battalion 17
- Roberto Oviedo, Detective, New York Police Department 44th Precinct
- Kenny Ortiz, Police Officer , New York Police Department 44th Precinct
- Robert Cabrera, Police Officer, New York Police Department 44th Precinct
The Yankees and the ALS Greater New York Chapter once again teamed up to kick off Ride for Life, an annual event in which ALS patients embark on a 12-day, 100-mile electric wheelchair ride along highways and byways to raise awareness and funds for a cure. On May 17, 2018, approximately 200 students from the Community Health Academy of the Heights-Public School 346 gathered inside Monument Park at Yankee Stadium to pay tribute to Lou Gehrig's plaque and offer words of support/encouragement to Chris Pendergast, founder of Ride for Life, as he embarked on his 21st annual ride starting from Yankee Stadium. On June 14, 2018, the Yankees and the ALS Greater New York Chapter celebrated the event's success during an on-field pregame ceremony. To date, the Ride for Life initiative has raised over seven million dollars for research and patient services.
The New York Yankees teamed-up with the American Red Cross and Fire Department of New York to support the Get Alarmed NYC Program, the largest smoke detector giveaway and installation program in the nation. On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Yankee Stadium served as the hub to help train and dispatch volunteers to install alarms in the Highbridge community of the Bronx. The event began with a training and education session; thereafter, volunteers traveled into the community to install smoke/carbon monoxide alarms in the homes of Bronx residents.
The New York Yankees worked in conjunction with buildOn to provide local students with a volunteer opportunity that educates and promotes the importance of environmental awareness in the community. The program runs during the season (home games/through the 5th inning). When game action stops in-between innings, the buildOn volunteers enter the aisles of the field level seating bowl to encourage guests to recycle plastic bottles and educate guests on the importance of adopting sustainable practices in day-to-day community efforts. All buildOn volunteers are easily recognizable by bright green vests showcasing the buildOn logo.
On an annual basis, the Yankees partner with Community Board 4 to host "Youth Day" at Mullaly Park (across from Yankee Stadium on 164th Street). Approximately 500 local children enjoy a fun, interactive day where they are able to take part in various fitness and nutritional clinics, learn about the importance of making healthy lifestyle changes, discover new ways to implement these changes and receive support and encouragement for all of their efforts. This year's event revolved around the theme of "Community Health and Wellness" and took place on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
The Little League Support Award was implemented in conjunction with the New York Yankees and the New York Yankees Community Council to promote/enhance baseball and softball in the Bronx. All Bronx-based little leagues/chartered organizations are eligible to receive a grant in the amount of $1,500 to assist with covering the cost associated with purchasing equipment for the upcoming season. On an annual basis approximately 30 local Little Leagues benefit from this effort.
The Yankees teamed up with Publicolor this year to transform MS 218 in the Bronx with color. Publicolor engages disconnected youth in their education through a continuum of design-based programs and academic support. The objective of this team project was to create a beautiful, warm, welcoming and student-centric environment. Yankees employees volunteered their time to paint the facility alongside area youth.
The New York Yankees introduced a new community program called Covering Bases during the 2018 season and its goal of this initiative is to enhance the organization's community outreach with an ongoing commitment from front office employees to engage our neighbors and serve the local community. The program is intended to create a positive and cohesive structure where employees will not only develop an appreciation and respect for the community that the Yankees serve, but also create extended relationships with members of the organization that they might not have previously interacted with. Covering bases kicked off with volunteer events with two of the Yankees community partners - Citymeals-on-Wheels and the Food Bank for New York City. Yankees volunteers with Citymeals-on-Wheels assembled 441 emergency food packages, enough to provide 3,500 meals to seniors in need throughout the Bronx. While working with the Food Bank for New York City, volunteers repackaged 9,324 lbs. of food that provided 7,770 meals to disadvantaged residents throughout New York City.
Throughout the 2018 Yankees Season, volunteers from Get In the Game will registered voters outside of Gate 4. Get in the Game is a nonpartisan voter development initiative designed to encourage all sports fans to register to vote and participate in the electoral process.
On an annual basis, the Yankees partner with the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America to recognize those scouts who have achieved the highest honor, rank of Eagle. Approximately 300 local boy scouts are invited to attend a game at Yankee Stadium and selected representatives are recognized during an on-field pregame ceremony.
During the 2018 season, the New York Yankees teamed up with the New York City Police Department to host the surviving children and widows/widowers of police officers killed in the line of duty. In honor of the legacy of these fallen heroes, over the course of ten home games the Yankees provided Line Of Duty families with complimentary tickets. As a way to reveal this initiative the Yankees honored the family of fallen hero Paul Tuozzolo during a special on-field pregame ceremony.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. On an annual basis, the New York Yankees work in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant approximately 30 wishes. In addition, resources dedicated through the New York Yankees Foundation support Make-A-Wish's efforts to lift children's spirits and convey the message that wishes can come true.
Rock and Wrap It Up! is committed to reducing poverty and carbon footprints. The New York Yankees work in conjunction with Rock and Wrap It Up!, Inc. to make a difference in the lives of Bronx-based families in need. After each game/event hosted at Yankee Stadium, all prepared food that has not been unwrapped is collected and distributed to various food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the surrounding communities. Since partnering in 2005, in excess of 100,000 New Yorkers have received provisions from this Initiative. In addition to food recovery, Rock and Wrap It Up! educates municipalities, soup kitchens and food banks about tactics/strategies to help reduce poverty and feed the hungry. Dedicated resources support Rock and Wrap It Up!'s efforts to combat hunger.
In 2019 the New York Yankees will collaborate with Stonewall Inn, the NYC Department of Education and NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson to implement the Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative. This initiative will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising and celebrate the achievements of New York City Public School graduating senior s who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to equality and impactful support of the LGBTQ community. The Yankees will provide five $10,000 scholarships to be presented to one student from each of the five boroughs of New York City. The recipients of the scholarship will be celebrated during a home game at Yankee Stadium in June of 2019. This initiative was announced on Friday, September 21, 2018, as part of a pregame ceremony featuring representatives from the New York Yankees, New York City Department of Education and Stonewall Inn.
The New York Yankees Community Council and the New York Yankees organization collaborated to provide $750.00 stipends to five (5) Youth Leaders nominated from each Bronx Community Board. In addition each of the Youth Leaders are recognized on-field during a pre-game ceremony at Yankee Stadium on their respective Bronx Community Board's Day. The awards were In recognition of the youths leadership/volunteer work in the community and continued efforts to make a difference.
In celebration of the Holiday season, the Yankees spread holiday cheer to their neighbors.
Thanksgiving Food Voucher Giveaway: The Yankees and Krasdale Foods teamed up to hold a Thanksgiving Food Voucher Giveaway at Yankee Stadium. Bronx residents were provided with a voucher that could be redeemed at a local C-Town or Bravo Supermarket to assist with the expense related to preparing a Thanksgiving meal. On November 15, 2018, approximately 2,500 food vouchers were distributed.
Thanksgiving Feast: The Yankees, Legends Hospitality and the Supportive Children's Advocacy Network New York collaborated to host a traditional Thanksgiving Feast on November 16, 2018, for several hundred local residents at the Mullaly Recreation Center, across the street from Yankee Stadium.
Winter Wonderland: Yankee Stadium transformed into the North Pole on December 14, 2018, when the New York Yankees hosted Winter Wonderland in conjunction with Walmart, Neil and Amanda Friedman, Legends Hospitality, and American Foliage. Approximately 3,400 local youth were treated to a holiday extravaganza in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall, complete with festive decorations, music, including caroling by the DREAM choir, and food and hot chocolate. In addition, and as a result of the commitments from the New York Yankees Foundation, Walmart and Neil and Amanda Friedman, every child in attendance was presented with a holiday gift of their choosing.
Annual Holiday Food Drive: The Yankees partnered with members of the Bronx Clergy to host the annual Holiday Food Drive on December 19, 2018, at Yankee Stadium. Approximately 89,000 pounds of food was collected and distributed to families in need throughout the Bronx. In addition, 2,500 food vouchers were allocated to Bronx residents for redemption at local C-Town or Bravo Supermarkets to assist with the expenses related to preparing a holiday meal.
Beginning in 2009 and in its 10th edition in 2019, the Yankees' Hope Week initiative is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill give hope and encouragement to something more than just the beneficiary of the gesture.