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New York Yankees mourn the passing of John Szponar

The New York Yankees mourn the passing of Tampa-based Yankees Community Relations Vice President John Szponar.
June 26, 2018

The New York Yankees mourn the passing of Tampa-based Yankees Community Relations Vice President John Szponar."John was a warm and kind-hearted man who was a dear friend to us and so many individuals throughout the Tampa community," said the Steinbrenner family. "In this difficult time, we celebrate the incredible difference

The New York Yankees mourn the passing of Tampa-based Yankees Community Relations Vice President John Szponar.
"John was a warm and kind-hearted man who was a dear friend to us and so many individuals throughout the Tampa community," said the Steinbrenner family. "In this difficult time, we celebrate the incredible difference he made as a mentor to young people during his tenures at Tampa Catholic and Jesuit High School and as a leader in the community over his many dedicated and distinguished years with the Yankees. His passing is a great loss to the Yankees family, and he will be profoundly missed. We extend our deepest condolences to John's family, friends and loved ones."
Szponar (spuh-NAR), 66, was responsible for countless events and community initiatives since joining the Yankees organization in 1989, having worked closely with George Steinbrenner and the Steinbrenner family. A native of Culver, Indiana, Szponar was intimately involved with some of the Yankees' most-cherished longstanding traditions, including their annual Holiday Concert, Boys & Girls Club Luncheon, and Hillsborough County "Coach" Foundation Dinner/Dance, all of which served to provide joy, recognition and resources to members of the Tampa Bay community.
The "Coach" Foundation Dinner/Dance, which recently held its 29th annual edition and recognizes public and private high school coaches for their commitment to student-athletes, held special significance to Szponar. After graduating from Tulane University and playing three varsity seasons on the men's basketball team from 1970-73, Szponar was a teacher, coach, and administrator at Tampa Catholic (1974-79) and Jesuit High School (1980-89), notably leading the Tigers basketball team to the 1984 Florida State Championship as head coach.