Before yesterday’s meeting with President Barrack Obama, the Yankees paid a visit to wounded soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The President not only lauded the Yankees for their visit, but also cited several players for their charitable work. In what has become an increasingly cynical time in sports, it is important to remember that many athletes are appreciative of their status and more than happy to give back. In addition to the many charities that the New York Yankees Foundation helps to support, listed below are just a few foundations and events affiliated with individual Yankees, both past and present. Check them out, and maybe dig into your pocket for a donation.
CC Sabathia’s “PitCCh In” Foundation – Seeks to enrich the lives of inner city youth by working to raise self-esteem through education and athletic activities.
Grand Kids Foundation – Curtis Granderson’s foundation is focused on: purchasing school supplies for needy families/kids, books and supplies for schools that do not get the funding they always need; establishing baseball programs; and providing equipment and facilities in some of Michigan’s inner cities.
Javier Vazquez Foundation: K’s for Kids – Seeks to raise money for charities that fund juvenile diabetes research.
Joe Girardi’s Catch25 Foundation – Dedicated to providing support to families and individuals across the country who have been challenged with ALS, Alzheimers, cancer, and fertility issues.
Johnny Damon Foundation – A not-for-profit organization that raises and donates funds to charitable organizations. The Foundation assists local and national programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for disadvantaged children at risk.
Mariano Rivera Foundation – Provides support to underprivileged children in Panama.
Mark Teixeira Foundation – Funds high school scholarships across the United States.
Mr. October for Kids – Reggie Jackson’s charity for children seeks to improve educational opportunities for underprivileged youth.
Nick Swisher Foundation: Swish’s Wishes – Dedicated to enriching lives and lifting the spirits of children who are facing vital health issues while providing care, comfort and support through the most difficult of times.
Robinson Cano Foundation – Dedicated to assisting children in the Dominican Republic who suffer from heart disease.
Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation – Joe Torre’s foundation funds programs designed to educate children about the issues of violence and domestic abuse.
The Jorge Posada Foundation – Established to help families with children who suffer from craniosysnostosis.
The Mickey Mantle Foundation – The Mickey Mantle Foundation was established to promote organ and tissue donation.
Turn 2 Foundation – Derek Jeter’s foundation is focused on helping youths maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Yogi Berra Celebrity Golf Classic – Charity golf tournament for the benefit of special needs scouting.