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Hope Week

Yankee Players Surprise Local Senior Home Party

by Nolan Silbernagel

The employees and residents of the East Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the Bronx were getting ready for what was originally thought to be a regular Thursday visit by the local organization, the GlamourGals. GlamourGals is a group of high school and college aged males and females who pay frequent visits to nursing homes and pamper them with manicures and makeovers. However, this special event was enhanced by some unexpected visitors.

Big Andy, Little Andy, and the Gift of Hope

by Alex Smith

Courtesy New York Yankees

For many New York Yankees fans, getting a chance to meet the players, throwing out the first pitch at a game, and having the team throw a party just for you would all be bucket list items; once in a lifetime opportunities that may never be accomplished. On Wednesday, June 27th, Andy Fass did all of those things, and he is only five years old. Andy will start kindergarten in the fall, and he will have a pretty cool story to tell the other kids.

An Angel in Queens

by Matt Sinise

Jorge Muñoz lives in a small two-story house in Queens with his mother and sister. A Colombian immigrant, he has always had to work hard to support himself and his family, and he has been jobless since December of last year. While most people would be desperate to find a job for himself, Jorge continues to give to others first. Since 2004, he has served dinners to up to 140 people in need a day.

A Surprise Ride for Some Young Equestrians

by Eric Mollo

While horseback riding is a recreational activity for most people, it serves as a developmental, confidence-building exercise for the children of Flying Manes. Located at the Riverdale Equestrian Center in the North Bronx, trained volunteers teach children ages four and older various equine activities through the forum of therapeutic riding.

Words with the Man Behind the Hope

by Kevin Price

The annual HOPE week event, which stands for Helping Others Persevere and Excel (HOPE), is the brainchild of Jason Zillo, the Yankees Director of Communications and Media Relations.  Now in its third year, the Yankees honor various people and groups throughout the week, seeking to provide a boost through the service of their players and coaches.

A Yankee Reunion for Two Russian Orphans

by Chris Hilk
(Left to right) John Lathusky and Andrei Sullivan backstage at the Today Show courtesy New York Yankees

It was an overcast day at the Central Park Zoo and the threat of rain explained the smaller than usual crowd that came to see the animals. But as a horse-drawn carriage pulled up to the zoo’s southern entrance it seemed as if the dreary weather disappeared. 

A New Lemonade Stand for Megan Ajello

by Mack Rosenberg

The fourth day of Hope Week was centered around a 17 year old girl who has been helping to raise money in her community for years outside her home. Her name is Megan Ajello, and though she suffers from Cerebral Palsy and scoliosis and has had six major surgeries, you wouldn’t know it by hearing all that this girl has done for her community. 

Haitian Refugees Tour New Hometown with Yankees

by Kevin Price

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.

Yankees Surprise Tuesday's Children

by Ricky Cibrano
Curtis Granderson trying - to no avail - to avoid being hit with a water balloon

On Tuesday, July 26th, the Yankees celebrated the Tuesday’s Children mentoring program.  Bronx Bombers Mariano Rivera, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, Corey Wade, Steve Garrison and former manager Joe Torre surprised members of Tuesday’s Children at Beekman Beach club at the South Street Seaport.