2014 Baby Bombers Top 10: No. 2- HOPE Week
No. 2: HOPE Week
Introduced in 2009 and continuing into its sixth year in 2014, the New York 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. The Staten Island Yankees adopted the parent club’s initiative in 2011 and carried the tradition into 2014 for a fourth season. In mid-August, Staten Island Yankees players, front office staff and Scooter the Holy Cow spent time visiting different locations on Staten Island, brightening the day of many individuals. Below is the schedule of events the Staten Island Yankees took part part in:
Wednesday, Aug. 13: Bowling at Rab’s Country Lanes (Staten Island, NY) with Lifestyles for the Disabled
Lifestyles for the Disabled works to develop programs that provide intellectually disabled participants with realistic work settings and experiences within the Staten Island community.
Thursday, Aug. 14: Baseball drills with The Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the College of Staten Island
The Melissa Riggioi Higher Education Program is 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.
Friday, Aug. 15: Meet and Greet with residents at Eger Nursing Home (Staten Island, NY)
Saturday, Aug. 16: In-game “Home Run for Life”
During the Staten Island Yankees game against the Tri-City ValleyCats, family members of the Florina Rusi-Marke (former cancer patient) took a trip around the bases in honor of the legacy she left as part of Staten Island University Hospital’s Breast Health Awareness Night.
Blogger’s Choice: “Giving back to the community is something I take seriously. With that said, the one thing I am happy to see the big club extend to the minors was HOPE Week. One week of the team giving back and showing the community they care is something you can’t buy.” – Robert Pimpsner, Pinstriped Prospects