Articles in Category: Foundation Spotlight

Day 1 of Yankees HOPE Week

Written by Kira Weinstein on Monday, 10 September 2012. Posted in Foundation Spotlight

The Yankees Surprise Flying Manes


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Day 1 of Yankees HOPE Week

Yankees HOPE Week 2012 kicked off on Monday at the Riverdale Equestrian Centre in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.  The Yankees were there to honor Flying Manes, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horse riding instruction to children with physical and emotional disabilities.

 

Derek Jeter Hosts 16th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner

Written by Nick Singleton on Wednesday, 29 August 2012. Posted in Interviews, Nick Singleton, Foundation Spotlight

Another Magical Night in NYC


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Derek Jeter Hosts 16th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner

On June 21, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hosted his 16thannual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner in New York City at the Sheraton Hotel on 7 Ave.

Established in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to help children and teenagers avoid drug and alcohol addiction, and to reward those who show high academic achievement and adopt healthier lifestyles. Jeter proposed the idea of starting his own foundation to his father, Dr. S. Charles Jeter, in 1996 over a pizza in a Detroit hotel room. Members of Jeter's family make up a large portion of the foundation's board of directors, including his sister, Sharlee Jeter, who is President of the foundation and responsible for much of its day-to-day operation.

Looking Back with The JYD: Jerome Williams

on Tuesday, 01 May 2012. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight, Beyond the Athlete

Jerome WIlliams Gives Back


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Looking Back with The JYD: Jerome Williams

Throughout his childhood, Jerome Williams often found himself playing basketball on a narrow slab of concrete near his home in Germantown, Maryland. Whether he was practicing his shot or competing hard against his older brother and father, Jerome had one thing on his mind: don’t let the ball hit the grass.

Brian Leonard and the Embrace Kids Foundation

Written by Mark Fischgrund on Tuesday, 03 April 2012. Posted in Foundation Spotlight, Beyond the Athlete

Former Rutgers Football Players Come Together to Raise Money


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Brian Leonard and the Embrace Kids Foundation

On Tuesday, March 13, Brian Leonard, former football legend at Rutgers University and current running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, drew in over 20 NFL players for his third annual "Rally at the Alley" charity event to help raise money and awareness for the Embrace Kids Foundation.

Kerry Wood's Family Foundation Achieves High Honors

Written by Nick Singleton on Tuesday, 14 February 2012. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight

by Nick Singleton


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Kerry Wood's Family Foundation Achieves High Honors

For the past thirteen years, Kerry Wood has been notably popular for racking up strikeouts against some of the most renowned sluggers in Major League Baseball. In 1998, only his fifth career start with the Chicago Cubs, Wood tossed a one-hit, 20-strikeout shutout against the Houston Astros, tying Roger Clemens’ record for most strikeouts in a 9-inning game. His 1,464 strikeouts with the Cubs rank him third in franchise history, and in addition, was also the fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach 1,000 strikeouts in both games and innings pitched.

But today, Kerry Wood has earned a new reputation for his off-the-field contributions around the Chicago community.

Josh Howard's Charity Game Set Tone For NBA Season

on Sunday, 22 January 2012. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight

Josh Howard Hosts in Dallas!!


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Josh Howard's Charity Game Set Tone For NBA Season

Tucked in the shadows of the Texas State Fair grounds, quietly standing firm as the concert next door blasts Zac Brown Band, in a gym the size of most NBA training rooms, NBA players got back to the only thing they truly ever wanted to do...

They played basketball.

The exact damage of the NBA lockout will never truly be known, but for one night in south Dallas, it could be seen.

Toy Drive, Giants Style

on Friday, 20 January 2012. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight

Big Blue Gives Back


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Toy Drive, Giants Style

We typically know football players only as athletes. Big, tall, strong men who we cheer on every Sunday and/or Monday night in the hopes of victory and team pride. But in a way, many of the fans get lost in the game. The sport of football is based so much on the entertainment factor now, that we typically forget that these are men, in every sense of the word. Despite all of the media attention through radio, television and newspapers, these are just men trying to make a living and who happen to have the support of thousands of people. At times, they might not show or say it, but they all appreciate the support that they get from their fan base.

Knicks Center Tyson Chandler Gives Back

on Saturday, 14 January 2012. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight


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Knicks Center Tyson Chandler Gives Back

When the New York Knicks signed Tyson Chandler this past offseason, they knew they were getting a multi-dimensional talent. Despite criticism about paying top dollar for a veteran who has only averaged over 10 points per game twice in his career, Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald knew that what Chandler could bring to the table—rebounding, shot-blocking and intangibles—would be what could separate the team from the pack to become legitimate championship contenders. What his former teammates and coaches know, and what Knicks fans will soon find out, is that his commitment to being a leader is also discernible off the court. It’s no surprise that Chandler’s contributions to the community are as well-rounded as his basketball skills.

Warrick Dunn: Fulfilling A Dream Through Community Service

Written by Nick Singleton on Tuesday, 10 January 2012. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight

by Nick Singleton


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Warrick Dunn: Fulfilling A Dream Through Community Service

Former NFL running back Warrick Dunn is certainly known for his success on the football field, but his true passion wasn't just about football. The 3-time Pro Bowler rushed for 10,967 yards for the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over a 12-year career in the Nation Football League. Today, Dunn has continued to earn an outstanding reputation for his off the field contributions through his non-profit organizations The Warrick Dunn Family Foundation and Homes For The Holidays Program.

NY Giants Michael Boley Gives Back On the Lanes!!

Written by Mark Fischgrund on Tuesday, 03 January 2012. Posted in Foundation Spotlight

Giving Back with the G-Men!!


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NY Giants Michael Boley Gives Back On the Lanes!!

Early last month, Back Sports Page was honored to be in attendance at Michael Boley’s 2nd Annual Monday Night Bowling event.  Fresh off a big win in New England, a number of Giants players came out to support their teammate, hang with some fans and bowl some frames.  Lunar Sports Group hosted the event, which supported Intensive Theraputics, a non-profit organization that provides group and individual therapy to children with autism and hemiplegia.

 

A Hopeful Homecoming

Written by Kira Weinstein on Friday, 11 November 2011. Posted in Interviews, Basketball, Foundation Spotlight

How Randy Foye is Changing Newark


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A Hopeful Homecoming

Newark, New Jersey is not the easiest place in which to grow up. For years, New Jersey’s largest city has struggled against drugs, gun violence and theft. Kids are often faced with pressures from the street before they can solve an algebra problem. But to Randy Foye, it’s the place he calls home. And he is doing everything he can to make it a better home for the next generation.

Just Do It

Written by Kira Weinstein on Thursday, 06 October 2011. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight, Beyond the Athlete

MARK MCMILLIAN'S FIGHT AGAINST AUTISM

There are those who lend their name to charities for the positive publicity.  There are those who write checks to foundations for the tax deductions.  There are those who give time at the local soup kitchen during the holidays because they feel they have to.  And then there are those who give their time, money and name because they want to make a difference.  Mark McMillian is one of these people.

CJ Wilson Gives Back

on Tuesday, 06 September 2011. Posted in Foundation Spotlight

HOW A CHRISTMAS VISIT CHANGED TWO LIVES


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CJ Wilson Gives Back
There are often two directions to take when one is faced with adversity; some choose to feel sorry for themselves and those around them, others try to turn their hardships into positive learning and growing experiences. Robert Champagne found out his son Micah was diagnosed with severe hemophilia in 2001. He remembered, “At that moment in my life I had to make the choice to either have some good come out of this, or let some bad things happen and not do anything to make a difference.”

His decision to choose the former has changed the lives for many children suffering just like his son, and even allowed him to bring a Major League Baseball All-Star into the mix.

Yankee HOPE Week

Written by Seth Kamens, Kira Weinstein on Tuesday, 16 August 2011. Posted in Foundation Spotlight

Backsportspage recently followed the New York Yankees during their third annual HOPE Week. The Yankees started HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere and Excel) in 2009 with the belief that “acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than just the recipient of the gesture.” Since its inception, the Yankees have dedicated one week each year to honoring an individual, family or organization deserving of their support. Each day of the week, a different cause is celebrated not only at Yankee Stadium, but also with a day filled with activities throughout the city. Every player on the active roster and the coaching staff takes part in a day of activities the honorees will never forget.