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Social Responsibility

The New York Yankees are committed to supporting community-based organizations that provide positive social outlets for New York City youth.

Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative

In 2019, the Yankees collaborated with Stonewall Inn and the NYC Department of Education to implement the Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative. This initiative commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising and celebrated the achievements of New York City Public School graduating seniors who demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to equality and impactful support of the LGBTQ community. The Yankees provided five $10,000 scholarships to one student from each of the five boroughs of New York City. The recipients of the scholarships were honored during an on-field pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2019. In addition, a plaque was dedicated in Monument Park to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising and recognize the need for equality and acceptance for all.

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Community Paint Project

The Yankees teamed up with Publicolor to transform PS 146 in the Bronx with color on August 6, 2019. 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.

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CC Sabathia's Celebrity Softball Game

For the second consecutive year, the Yankees and the PitCCh In Foundation partnered to host CC Sabathia’s Celebrity Softball Game on May 16, 2019, at Yankee Stadium. The event began with a red carpet VIP reception, followed by the softball game itself and a trophy presentation. All proceeds from the event benefited the PitCCh In Foundation’s and the New York Yankees Foundation’s efforts to enrich the lives of inner city children through education and athletics.

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ALS Ride for Life

The Yankees and the ALS of Greater New York teamed up to kick off the 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 for ALS. On May 17, 2019, approximately 150 students from 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. On September 4, 2019, the Yankees and the ALS of Greater New York celebrated the event’s success by recognizing Pendergast and other ride participants during an on-field pregame ceremony.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation, Metro New York and Western New York

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 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.

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4 + 44 Awards Ceremony

The 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 December 5, 2019. Award recipients were acknowledged for their commitment to make a difference in the lives of local residents.

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Covenant House Sleep Out

The Yankees partnered with Covenant House to host their annual Executive Sleep Out on November 14, 2019. Held at Yankee Stadium for the first time, Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman was joined by over 250 leaders from around the country who spent the night sleeping in the Great Hall in an effort to spread awareness about youth homelessness. Over $1.5 million was raised to help Covenant House continue its mission of providing housing and support services to youth in need.

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Holiday Cheer

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 expenses related to preparing a Thanksgiving meal. On November 21, 2019, approximately 3,000 food vouchers were distributed.

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Thanksgiving Feast

The Yankees, Legends Hospitality and the Supportive Children's Advocacy Network New York collaborated to host a traditional Thanksgiving Feast on November 22, 2019, for several hundred local residents at the Mullaly Recreation Center, across the street from Yankee Stadium.

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Winter Wonderland

Yankee Stadium transformed into the North Pole on December 13, 2019, when the Yankees hosted Winter Wonderland in conjunction with Walmart, Neil and Amanda Friedman, Legends Hospitality and American Foliage. Approximately 3,600 local youth were treated to a holiday extravaganza in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall, complete with festive decorations, music including caroling by the Highbridge Voices choir, and food and hot chocolate. In addition, and as a result of 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.

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Annual Holiday Food Drive

Yankee Stadium transformed into the North Pole on December 13, 2019, when the Yankees hosted Winter Wonderland in conjunction with Walmart, Neil and Amanda Friedman, Legends Hospitality and American Foliage. Approximately 3,600 local youth were treated to a holiday extravaganza in Yankee Stadium's Great Hall, complete with festive decorations, music including caroling by the Highbridge Voices choir, and food and hot chocolate. In addition, and as a result of 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.

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HOPE Week

Introduced in 2009 and embarking on its 12th edition in 2020, the Yankees' HOPE Week initiative (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture.