March 2015

A very intentional and inspirational walk

Richard J. Albero, a formal naval officer and educational professional, began a walk Monday from the plate at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa with the destination the plate at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx – a course of more than 1,200 miles – in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.

To honor his nephew Gary Albero, who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Richard Albero wanted to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project while incorporating Gary’s love for the Yankees. To do this, each mile of the walk will be dedicated to a different Yankees player in the team’s history.

Mr. Albero’s intent is to raise $25,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, with $9,000 already having been reached. Donations may be made in the form of “Designated Hitter,” “Base on Balls,” “Single,” “Double,” “Triple,” “Home Run” or “Grand Slam.”

“My goal is to support the soldiers who have bravely fought to protect us,” Albero said.

Walking an average of 20 miles a day, Albero, 65, plans to complete the journey within three months with support drivers by his side.

To make a donation, please go to richardsyankeeswalk.org.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir coming to Stadium July 3

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has entertained audiences all over the world and will add Yankee Stadium to its list of prominent venues as part of its Atlantic Coast Tour schedule this summer. The 360-person Choir will perform a brief medley of patriotic songs Friday, July 3, on the field at the Stadium before singing the national anthem prior to the start of the Yankees’ 7:05 p.m. game against the Rays.

The Choir, which was founded more than a century ago, has performed at World’s Fairs, inaugurations of United States presidents and in concert halls around the globe. It is dedicated to the universal language of music that has the power to bring joy, peace, and healing to listeners.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will embark on its 2015 Atlantic Coast tour June 24 through July 7, its first trek into the east coast in more than a decade. As part of this year’s tour, the group will visit Bethesda, Md., Bethel Woods, Saratoga Springs, New York City and Boston. Made up strictly of volunteers, the Choir typically tours just once every two years.

“The saying goes that there’s nothing more American than baseball and apple pie, and I would add, having America’s Choir lift its voices in patriotic songs to celebrate the birth of this great nation,” Mormon Tabernacle Choir president Ron Jarrett said. “It is an absolute thrill and honor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to sing in such an iconic venue like Yankee Stadium for thousands of Yankees fans.”

Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the Yankees-Rays game July 3, may save up to 50% on select seats by visiting http://www.yankees.com/MTC and using discount code: YANKEEDOODLE.

Tickets for all Yankees 2015 regular season home games are now on sale and may be purchased online at http://www.yankees.com, http://www.yankeesbeisbol.com, at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office, via Ticketmaster phone at 877-469-9849, Ticketmaster TTY at 800-943-4327 and at all ticket offices located within Yankees Clubhouse Shops. Tickets may also be purchased on Yankees Ticket Exchange at http://www.yankees.com/yte, the only official online resale marketplace for Yankees fans to purchase and resell tickets to Yankees games. Fans with questions may call 212-YANKEES [926-5337] or email tickets@yankees.com.

Yanks to honor LL program in Tampa

The Yankees’ exhibition season in spring training got underway Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla., while those of us here in New York were dealing with yet another winter storm. As we freeze, the Yankees will continue to get ready for the 2015 season Wednesday with their first home game of the spring at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

This week the Yankees will also kick off their announcement of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) with a pregame ceremony Friday at Steinbrenner Field prior to their 7:05 p.m. game against the Pirates. In the spirit of the initiative, the Yankees will honor Palma Ceia Little League Challenger Baseball, which is a baseball program designed for the needs of children that live with physical or mental disabilities.

In the Palma Ceia Little League (PCLL), players learn and grow while having fun. Challenger Baseball provides an essential opportunity for kids to develop stronger emotional and social skills, and the program instills a “can do” attitude in the players. The experience helps children gain confidence and self-esteem. Participation is stressed over competition, and every player gets to bat, field and run the bases.

PCLL games take place at 4501 South Himes Avenue, not far from the Yankees’ minor league complex.

By involving every one of their players and coaches, manager Joe Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman and front office staff during the celebration of HOPE Week, the Yankees send the message that all can give of themselves to make their community a better place. Equally significant during HOPE Week is garnering publicity for the highlighted causes and organizations. The greatest challenge facing many not-for-profits is generating interest, awareness and funding for their missions.

At the conclusion of the last five HOPE Weeks, the Yankees organization has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, given “in recognition and appreciation of commitment to strengthening the nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.” The awards were bestowed by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Yankees have additionally been honored with the “Just Cause” Award at the PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Summit Nov. 15, 2011 and the “DMF Champion of HOPE” Award from Daniel’s Music Foundation Nov. 8, 2011. HOPE Week was also recognized by the National Sportsmanship Awards in 2010.

The seventh consecutive season of HOPE Week will take place in New York Aug. 17-21. Each day over the five-day stretch, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support, surprising honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. Outreach will often take place away from Yankee Stadium, which will allow the Yankees to connect personally with individuals in settings that highlight their greatest successes.

This year’s event will mark the fourth year that all of the organization’s U.S.-based minor league affiliates will hold their own HOPE Weeks, allowing the initiative to reach five additional cities and touch more than two dozen additional individuals and groups.

HOPE Week is rooted in the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture. Fans can learn more about the initiative and nominate inspirational individuals for HOPE Week recognition by visiting the official website at hopeweek.com.