A little Yankees tidbit while we’re waiting for the Albert Pujols NL MVP announcement. Here’s the press release from the Yankees:
The New York Yankees were recognized as 2009 honorees at the 11th Annual National Sportsmanship Awards on Saturday, November 21 in St. Louis, for their work with Camp Sundown during the organization’s inaugural HOPE Week.
Right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett and Jason Zillo, Yankees Media Relations and Publicity Director, were on hand to accept the Yankees’ award, given by the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance and the St. Louis Sports Commission. The National Sportsmanship Awards is the signature event of the Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Initiative and aims to recognize athletes and personalities from across the nation for their integrity, class, selflessness, perseverance, kindness, community service and overall commitment to sportsmanship.
Founded by Caren and Dan Mahar, Camp Sundown is a safe haven in upstate New York for children with Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a rare (approximately 300 in U.S. and 1,000 worldwide) genetic disorder that prevents those who have it from going outdoors in daylight. Any UV light, including florescent lighting, causes severe burns and eventually skin and eye cancer. Most patients do not live past the age of 20. On Thursday, July 23, 2009, the Yankees invited campers from Camp Sundown and their families to Yankee Stadium. Following the Yankees’ win against Oakland, the Stadium’s field was transformed into a massive open-air carnival, with music, food and children’s entertainers. Campers and their families spent the night playing on the field until approximately 4:00 a.m., when they had to re-board their bus in order to make it back to camp before daybreak.
The award presentation will premiere on the CBS College Sports Network on Wednesday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m., and re-air throughout the month.