On Monday, August 26th the Staten Island Yankees players spent some time at their old stomping grounds, the College of Staten Island to participate in HOPE Week. HOPE week stands for Helping Others Preserve & Excel. The New York Yankees’ HOPE Week initiative is an organizational effort, integrating players, coaches, and the Yankees front office to go out into communities and create a positive impact. HOPE Week is about people helping people. The one thing everybody has – no matter where they come from, what their financial situation is or what kind of skills they possess – is time. By involving every one of our players, coaches, and the entire front office staff during the celebration of HOPE Week the Yankees are sending the message that everyone can give of themselves to make their community a better place.
Some of the Baby Bombers finest Cale Coshow, Dave Palladino, Isaias Tejada, and Nick Rumbelow took the time to visit some of the students at “The Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program” a college based program designed to prepare people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for adult life through higher education coursework, career exploration/preparation, self-awareness and socialization. However there was no homework, only laughs, good times and a lot of baseball. Staten Island Yankees players coached the students in throwing, base running, hitting, pitching and even played the roles of coaches for a friendly mentor vs. student baseball game where the students won by a landslide.
On Wednesday, August 28th some of the Staten Island Yankees made their second HOPE Week stop at P.S. 59 Harbor View School.
Wednesday was the first time that both students and parents were allowed into the new school. When they eventually got to the gym they were treated to Staten Island Yankees waiting with their school’s gym equipment so they could make this the first of many memorable days at school. Baby Bombers Charlie Haslup, Stefan Lopez, Mike Ford, Eric Jagiello, and Andy Beresford were in gym class heaven as they jumped around the school’s gym with the students and parents of the new school.