Articles in Category: Foundation Spotlight
The Yankees Surprise Flying Manes
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.
Another Magical Night in NYC
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.
Jerome WIlliams Gives Back
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.
Former Rutgers Football Players Come Together to Raise Money
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.
14th Annual “Play with the Greats” Golf Classic
19 New York Giants members attended the 14th Annual “Play with the Greats” Golf Classic on May 16th at the Preakness Hiss Country Club in Wayne, New Jersey.
The list of Giants included Jeff Feagles, Chris Canty, William Beaty and former Giant great and Hall of Famer Harry Carson.
by Nick Singleton
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 Hosts in Dallas!!
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.
Big Blue Gives Back
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.
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.
by Nick Singleton
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.
Giving Back with the G-Men!!
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.
How Randy Foye is Changing Newark
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.
MARK MCMILLIAN'S FIGHT AGAINST AUTISM
HOW A CHRISTMAS VISIT CHANGED TWO LIVES
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.
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.