Here’s the press release from the Yankees.
The New York Yankees today officially announced the return of HOPE Week during the upcoming 2010 season. As mentioned by President Barack Obama during the team’s White House visit on Monday, the Yankees’ community outreach event will take place from August 16-20 during the Yankees’ seven-game homestand. HOPE Week will again see Yankees players, coaches and front office staff reach out each day during the week to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support.
Introduced in 2009, HOPE Week brought to light five remarkable stories to provide hope and encouragement to the recipient of the gesture and inspire individuals into action in their own communities.
For the Yankees, HOPE Week is unique in that every player on the roster, along with Manager Joe Girardi and his coaching staff, participates in the stories. Outreach will often take place away from the Stadium so the Yankees can personally connect with individuals in the settings of their greatest personal accomplishments.
“HOPE Week was such an important week for our entire team during our championship run in 2009,” said Yankees Manager Joe Girardi. “It’s great that the Yankees organization will once again allow us to reach out and reward five more inspiring stories during the 2010 season. It should be another special week.”
Fans who know individuals or groups in the Tri-state area dedicated to improving the lives of others can nominate them for recognition during 2010 HOPE Week by visiting https://secure.mlb.com/nyy/community/hope_week_form.jsp. For more information about HOPE Week, fans can visit the Community tab at www.yankees.com. The deadline to submit a nomination is May 10, 2010.
Last year’s HOPE Week introduced fans to community heroes Marco and Jen Chiappetta and their Patchwork of Young Leaders Society, as Yankees players and Joe Girardi joined them in their home and took part in their mentoring program. The Yankees also encountered Tom Ellenson, as well as Ranjit Seal and Melvin Williams, who have each overcome disabilities and serve as inspirational members of society. In addition, the organization held an anniversary celebration for ALS-stricken George Murray, his wife Kim and their four-year-old son Trason, along with their family and friends at Yankee Stadium with Yankees players. The club also hosted an overnight carnival for Camp Sundown participants, who suffer from a rare genetic disorder which does not allow them exposure to UV light.