NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — For the New York Yankees, this week is about more than just baseball. Monday marks the beginning of HOPE Week, a program designed to recognize inspirational people in the community — including those with physical disabilities.

Today several Yankees surprised 13-year-old quadruple amputee Jorge Grajales of North Haledon with a pool party.

hope week yankees Yankees Kick Off HOPE Week With Surprise Party For TeenGrajales — originally from Panama — was thrilled to be able to spend time with players from his favorite team — including his hero and fellow Panamanian Mariano Rivera, WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports.

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“I’ve never swam with Yankee players before, Grajales said,” “and it’s fun swimming with Yankee players.”

Rivera was especially pleased to be a part of the HOPE week saying that it was a “privilege and a pleasure” to meet Grajales.

“Jorge is a kid that has no limitations,” Rivera told Cioffi.

HOPE (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) week — which began last year — will run through Friday. During the week, players, coaches and Manager Joe Girardi will be reaching out to individuals, families and organizations deemed worthy of recognition.

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