Girls Scouts saluted on 100th anniversary
The Yankees welcomed Girl Scouts from troops representing the Bronx neighborhoods of Wakefield, Riverdale, Van Cortland Park, Williamsbridge, City Island, Castle Hill, Highbridge, Parkchester and Hunts Point Saturday at Yankee Stadium in celebration of 100 years of Girls Scouting.
Representatives of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) participated in a ceremony behind the plate prior to the Yankees-Blue Jays game. Those honored included Rose Littlejohn, board president of GSGNY; Dian Chambers, the Girl Scout Leader from the Bronx; Jasmine Rudolfo, the top cookie seller in the Bronx who sold 1,017 boxes this year and Junior Girl Scout Hailey Ascencio.
The Girl Scouts of Greater New York are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, which also corresponds with the same year, 1913, that the Yankees changed the team name from the Highlanders after leaving Hilltop Park for the Polo Grounds.
The New York Yankees Foundation has supported Girl Scouts by providing a number of grants which fund programs such as the Girl Scouts Career Exploration Program, which is designed to broaden the career horizons of disadvantaged girls in five under-resourced schools in the South Bronx, 92 percent of whose students live below the poverty line. In the current school year, the program serves more than 1,500 girls.
“We could not be more elated to be honored at Yankee Stadium as the Girl Scouts and the Yankees share a rich legacy of supporting girls and their communities throughout the Bronx and New York,” GSGNY chief executive officer Barbara Murphy-Warrington said. “No matter where girls come from or they are, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York have constantly sought to instill in them the courage, confidence and character that drive them to become tomorrow’s leaders, and we are immensely grateful to the Yankees for their role in making these goals a reality.”