Thursday, November 26, 2009

Yankees give thanks by giving back

The Yankees give thanks for their good fortune by giving back to the community. The team was honored this week for these efforts, receiving an award at the National Sportsmanship Awards ceremony in St. Louis.

The Yanks were honored for their support of Camp Sundown, a retreat for kids with a rare genetic disorder that prevents them from going outdoors in daylight. The team went full out for the kids, keeping the new Yankee Stadium open until 4 am after a game in July for a private carnival. They also gave the camp's sponsors a $10,000 check.

I remember seeing the stories about AJ Burnett, a father of two, hanging out with the kids during the wee hours of the morning, touched by their stories. Burnett was at the event this week to accept the award on the Yankees behalf and has pledged to auction off the Yankees' WWE belt, given to the player of each game, to benefit the organization after having all the players sign it.

Along with Joba Chamberlain's appearance last week wrapping gifts at the New Yorkers for Children "Wrap and Rap" event, the Yankees are in full give-back mode this offseason. It's great to see that just a few weeks after winning the World Series, Yankee players and officials are using their precious offseason time to participate in worthy causes, particularly those benefiting children.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Thanks to ShortstopVM via Wikipedia for the photo.

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