Yankees hosting, honoring members of organization during multiple weekend events
NEW YORK -- The Yankees announced on Friday that reliever David Robertson has assumed the role of team spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project, representing the organization in outreach efforts and participating in visits to Yankee Stadium.
"It's such a great cause. It's such a worthy thing to do," Robertson said. "These guys are out there on the front lines risking their lives.
"You can bring them hope, but the best thing is that you can spread the word. You can put the word out there that these guys are here and they need help getting eased back into their lives."
On Friday, the Yankees hosted approximately 25 members of the organization, all of whom were wounded while serving their country in the armed forces.
The Wounded Warriors took a private tour of Monument Park and the Yankees Museum while also spending time with Robertson at the ballpark.
"The Wounded Warrior Project has been close to our hearts for many years," said Debbie Tymon, the Yankees' senior vice president of marketing. "By continuing our relationship, we hope that the public further recognizes the magnitude of the sacrifices made by so many members of the armed forces.
"We owe it to these courageous men and women to extend our hands, hearts and resources to help them readjust to civilian life as quickly and thoroughly as possible."
Robertson said that he first was introduced to the cause by former Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, and Robertson accompanied Damon on multiple visits to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington.
"Some of them have terrible injuries, and it's important that you keep your mind open whenever you run into them and make sure to tell them thank you for the wonderful services they've done," Robertson said. "I think that's the biggest thing you can do."
Robertson is taking over the role of spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project from outfielder Nick Swisher, who had been active in the group's efforts during his time in New York.
The Yankees will continue their recognition of the Wounded Warrior Project on Sunday, when the New York Yankees Foundation will make a $100,000 donation to the cause. They will also recognize U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rodjean Thorman and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jay Lawrence for their service during a pregame on-field ceremony.
The mission of the non-profit and non-partisan Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) is to honor and empower wounded servicemen and servicewomen. WWP's goals include raising awareness and enlisting the public in aiding the needs of injured service members. WWP also provides unique and direct programs and services for injured veterans.
"Wounded Warrior Project would like to thank David Robertson and the New York Yankees for their continued commitment to supporting our mission," said Al Giordano, deputy executive director of the Wounded Warrior Project.
"Taking the time to give back to our nation's injured servicemen and women not only speaks volumes about David's character, but of the Yankees organization as a whole. This ongoing support promises to provide memorable experiences for our alumni throughout the season."