Here’s the press release from the Yankees.
The New York Yankees will honor the first-ever Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day and Special Olympics on Saturday, September 25, when two extraordinary Special Olympics athletes from the Bronx will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees-Red Sox game scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics founder, Best Buddies board member, and champion of all people with intellectual disabilities passed away last August. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (www.eksday.org) has been created as an annual celebration of her life and global call for people to commit actions of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Yankees are hoping to extend the goal of inspiring new fans to experience the impact of Shriver’s legacy and embrace the movement she started.
Throwing out Saturday’s ceremonial first pitch will be two athletes from Special Olympics New York – John Eacobacci and Ivelisse Caraballo. John is 50 years old and has been a Special Olympics athlete for more than 20 years. He is a bowler, who has won dozens of medals throughout this time with Special Olympics and he is also a huge Yankees fan. Ivelisse is 46 years old and participates in softball skills. She too has been a Special Olympics athlete for more than 20 years and has won dozens of medals.