School supplies drive part of HOPE Week

In conjunction with 2015 HOPE Week, the Yankees will conduct a back-to-school supplies drive at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, Aug. 19, prior to their 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins.

Beginning at approximately 11 a.m., Yankees players, alongside students from an elementary school in New Jersey, will collect donations at a table outside the Gate 6 entrance at the corner of 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx.

Fans are asked to donate new or gently used school supplies, especially backpacks, binders, notebooks and markers, with all items to be given to students from a nearby Bronx elementary school.

Fans who make a donation will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes including Yankees tickets and autographed HOPE Week baseballs. The first 2,500 fans to donate will also receive a commemorative HOPE Week pin.

The seventh annual HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) will be held from Aug. 17-21. The initiative is a unique week-long community program that brings to light five remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities. Since its inception in 2009, the Yankees have recognized more than 30 different 501(c)3 organizations as part of HOPE Week.

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 the Stadium to 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.

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