Levine named to foundation board

Yankees president Randy Levine has agreed to join the board of directors of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against performance enhancing substance abuse by the youth of North America.

“I’m honored to join the Board of this outstanding foundation,” Levine said. “With the help of Major League Baseball, the Yankees and other supporters, Don Hooton and his team have done more over the years to educate our kids as well as their parents and coaches about the dangers of these drugs than any other organization.

“Every young person they reach with their message is potentially a life saved. I look forward to being part of their efforts to drive awareness of this problem as well as helping them reach their goal of eliminating steroid abuse.”

“It’s not every day you have the opportunity to bring someone of Randy’s stature into an organization,” Taylor Hooton Foundation board chairman Neil Romano said. “His accomplishments as president of the Yankees for the past 12 years are well-known and considerable, but his abilities go far beyond just the game of baseball. In the increasingly complex world of business and philanthropic endeavors, there are few people better than Randy to have on your team.”

“Having someone like Randy Levine join our board is further validation of everything we’ve been trying to accomplish since this Foundation started over eight years ago,” THF founder and president Don Hooton said. “I’m absolutely thrilled that he has agreed to join us and excited to think about how much more we can accomplish together over the next few years with Randy’s help.”

Levine is in his 13th season as Yankee president, a position he has held since January 2000 when he became the first person in 14 years to hold the post. Prior to joining the Yankees, Levine was New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Planning and Administration. He also served as the city’s Labor Commissioner and was formerly Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General and Principal Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice. Randy and his wife Mindy live in Manhattan.

The Taylor Hooton Foundation, based in McKinney, Texas, is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs. The Foundation was formed in 2004 by the friends and family of Taylor Hooton after his untimely death.

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