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Teixeira chosen as March of Dimes Sportsman of the Year

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 12, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The March of Dimes has chosen Mark Teixeira and the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team as its Sportsman and Sportswomen of the Year.

Abby Wambach and Hope Solo will accept on behalf of the soccer team at the March of Dimes New York Division’s 28th Annual Sports Luncheon on Wednesday, November 30 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The Sports Leadership Award will go to Dr. Mark Emmert, NCAA President, and Steve Bornstein, NFL Network President/CEO, will be given the Corporate Leadership Award.

Joe Girardi was previously named the March of Dimes Sportsman of the Year.

From the March of Dimes press release:

Teixeira, first baseman for the Yankees and a two-time All-Star, has batted over .300 three times since his rookie season in 2003. After several outstanding seasons with the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves, Teixeira was introduced as a Yankee in January 2009. He went on to lead the American League in both home runs with 39 and RBI’s with 122, and helped the Yankees capture their 27th World Series title with a win over the over the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies.

An outstanding fielder, Teixeira has won four Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards, and holds the major league record for most games with a home run from both sides of the plate, with 12. Teixeira is also active in charitable work, specifically with his Mark Teixeira Charitable Fund that provides scholarships to high schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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