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Gardner joins Taylor Hooton Foundation; Teixeira expands Dream Team 25

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 23, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

While we’re waiting for tonight’s second game at Fenway, here are a couple of notes on Yankees doing good things in the community. These are basically just press releases, but it’s good stuff from both Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira.

Brett GardnerMcKinney, TX – The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced today that Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees has joined its new “Advisory Board” made up exclusively of active players from throughout Major League Baseball. The Hooton Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drug use by the youth of America.

The Yankees outfielder joins 11 other charter members of the “Advisory Board,” which also includes Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds), John Danks (Chicago White Sox), David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays), Brian Dozier (Minnesota Twins), Dillon Gee (New York Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians), Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates), Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers), C.J. Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks). Additional members of the “Advisory Board” will be announced throughout the 2014 season.

“Words cannot describe my emotions as we partner with these incredible athletes and role models,” said Taylor Hooton Foundation president Don Hooton. “These young men have stepped up to make a difference with America’s youth by becoming visible role models, examples of outstanding athletes who work hard and compete fairly. Their participation in our initiatives will be invaluable.”

As members of the “Advisory Board,” the players will participate in the THF’s educational activities in their local communities, record radio public-service announcements and provide their input on the most-effective ways to educate North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs.

In 2013, the Taylor Hooton Foundation spoke to and educated more than 150,000 people. It also began a Latin American outreach and traveled throughout the Caribbean, speaking to thousands of RBI athletes, coaches and parents in partnership with Major League Baseball. This year the THF will introduce a new eLearning program – narrated by Bob Costas – to Little League Baseball that will be offered to its one-million adult coaches and other volunteers.

Mark TeixeiraEast Harlem, New York — New York Yankees First Baseman Mark Teixeira launched Dream Team 25 for its third year, which calls for fans to support his cause for Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School. In exchange for their support, chosen “All-Stars” have a chance to visit New York City to enjoy lunch with Mark and watch a game at Yankees Stadium.

This year, Dream Team 25 will support Harlem RBI’s first expansion program site in the South Bronx. After serving the East Harlem community for 22 years, Harlem RBI, a youth development organization that provides year-round academic, sports and enrichment programs to more than 1,500 boys and girls, decided to enter a new neighborhood for the first time.

“My favorite part of this campaign is getting to know my fans by reading all of their life stories as well as sharing about the amazing work of Harlem RBI and DREAM. It’s an honor to have this opportunity to combine my passion for baseball and education. I’m looking forward to this third season of Dream Team 25!” says Mark.

Mark Teixeira joined Harlem RBI’s Board of Directors in 2010 and has been deeply involved with the organization through participating in workshops and programs with youth, fundraising on behalf of the organization and acting as a Co-Chair to Harlem RBI and DREAM’s latest Capital Campaign.

There are three ways to become a Dream Team 25 All-Star:
1. DONATE $25 or more at dreamteam25.org and tell Mark why you should be an All-Star.
2. Get your friends and family to VOTE for you. Top three vote-getters will earn a spot on the team.
3. VOTE for one of your friends and you–as a voter– will automatically be placed into a lottery to also have a chance to come to New York City.

Visit dreamteam25.org to learn more about Dream Team 25 and how his campaign will support the youth of Harlem RBI. Follow Mark (@teixeiramark25) and Harlem RBI (@harlemrbi) on Twitter to get the latest updates.

MARK TEIXEIRA & HARLEM RBI
Mark Teixeira and Harlem RBI entered into a partnership in May 2010 when the three-time MLB All-Star and 2009 World Series champion became a member of Harlem RBI’s Board of Directors. Teixeira also served as the honoree with Howard Lutnick from Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners at Harlem RBI’s annual 2011 Bids for Kids Gala. Mark continues to assist Harlem RBI by participating in various events to support the organization, including activities with Harlem RBI youth.
MARK TEIXEIRA’S DREAM TEAM 25
In 2011, Mark personally committed $1 million in support of Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School through Dream Team 25. This year, the campaign will specifically support Harlem RBI’s new expansion site in the South Bronx. Mark’s goal is to engage the public to join Dream Team 25 and build awareness and excitement around the work of Harlem RBI and DREAM. In exchange for their support, 10 lucky fans will have unique access to Mark, joining him for lunch and enjoying suite tickets to the Yankees game that evening. Visit www.dreamteam25.org for more information.

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