Yankees HOPE Week
As 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.
As 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.
HOPE 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.
Kirk 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.
There 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.
Yankees players Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and Shawn Kelley surprised Pedro Rosario as they hauled large bags of pet food into the shelter.
Autumn 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.