Schwartz: HOPE Week Grows Into Another Proud Yankees TraditionAccording to the Yankees, the initiative is based on “the belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture.”
Yankees HOPE Week: Team Honors Group That Brings Music To HospitalsAs part of the Yankees' HOPE Week -- which recognizes people and groups that make a difference in their communities -- the team honored Musicians On Call, a volunteer group that brings music to hospital patients nationwide.
Yankees HOPE Week: Team Honors Manhattan Group Providing Interview Suits To Low-Income MenAs part of the team's annual HOPE Week -- which recognizes people and groups that make a difference in their communities -- the Yankees honored Career Gear.
Mariano Rivera, David Cone Return For Yankees' HOPE WeekHOPE Week -- which stands for "Helping Others Persevere and Excel" honors five people each year for making a difference in their communities by surprising them with a day celebrating their accomplishments.
Man On Mission To End Bullying Honored On Final Day Of Yankees HOPE WeekKirk Smalley of Oklahoma gave an impassioned speech to hundreds of schoolchildren at Yankee Stadium on Friday. His son Ty was a bullying victim and committed suicide at the age of 11.
Group That Hosts Birthday Parties For Homeless Kids Honored In Yankees HOPE WeekThere was cake, candy and presents for each of the kids at the party. The kids got a tour of the Yankees dugout and the field.
Founder Of No-Kill Animal Shelter In The Bronx Honored During Yankees HOPE WeekYankees players Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and Shawn Kelley surprised Pedro Rosario as they hauled large bags of pet food into the shelter.
10-Year-Old Honored By Yankees During HOPE WeekAutumn Blinn, 10, of Rome, N.Y. got the surprise of her life when a bunch of Bronx Bombers turned out to honor her. So far, Blinn said she's made more than 300 pillows for her "Pillows Of Love" project.

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