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Haitian Refugees Tour New Hometown with Yankees

by Kevin Price
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Students from Sts. Joachim and Anne School Honored

For many baseball fans in this city, supporting the Yankees is just part of being a New Yorker.  For 15 young refugees from Haiti attending Saints Joachim and Anne School in Queens Village who were honored by the Yankee organization during ithe third day of HOPE Week, it has become part of a quick transition into life in their new city.

The Yankees are sure to have 15 new fans after honoring these children after their incredible journey. Folllowing the introduction of the group on field before an afternoon loss to the Mariners, several players and coaches joined them on a double-decker bus tour of Manhattan.  Among those participating were CC Sabathia, Jorge Posada, Freddy Garcia and coach Tony Pena.

The group departed from the stadium and headed to the Empire State Building while talking and learning about the sights along the way. Sitting out in the open air, the occasional fan on the street below would notice the Yankee stars and children above them.  After lighting up the skyscraper, a surprise visit from Derek Jeter (who came bearing pizza) and a trip through Times Square kept the journey rolling. TheYankees presented the school with a 10,000 dollar check in front of a throng of fans to help continue their efforts.

The night finished with a trip to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where Archbishop Timothy Dolan welcomed the group and showed them around the sanctuary and his residence.  The players departed after a long round of good-byes, leaving the brand new New Yorkers with a memorable experience.

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Hope Week: Saints Joachim and Anne