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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
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.