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David Robertson will represent the Yankees as one of the 30 club finalists for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, which recognizes a major league player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
The Clemente Award pays tribute to his achievements and character by recognizing current players who understand the value of helping others. The 15-time All-Star and Hall of Famer died in a plane crash New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
David and his wife, Erin founded High Socks for Hope (a 501c3 nonprofit corporation) after tornadoes devastated his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2011. High Socks for Hope’s mission is to lend support to charities and organizations helping those affected by tragedies and provide humanitarian services for individuals in need.
In addition to helping residents of Tuscaloosa, High Socks for Hope has provided aid to those affected by the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore, Okla., as well as individuals in New York who were affected by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. To help raise money for those in Tuscaloosa, Robertson donated $100 for every strikeout he recorded throughout the 2011-2012 seasons. The righthander racked up 181 strikeouts over the stretch. He has continued his pledge in the 2013 season for the residents of Moore.
In June of this year, the Robertsons teamed up with volunteers from NBTY Helping Hands to help welcome home families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The Robertsons delivered and unloaded new furniture for four families in Far Rockaway, Queens, and made an additional donation to help furnish homes for six other families in the Far Rockaway area.
The Yankees will recognize D-Rob’s nomination for this year’s Clemente Award with an on-field ceremony Friday prior to their 7:05 p.m. game against the Giants.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 17, fans may participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award winner by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 club nominees. Voting ends Sunday, Oct. 6, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced. The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel.
Yankees players who have received the Clemente Award were Ron Guidry in 1984, Don Baylor in 1985 and Derek Jeter in 2009. Others who played for the Yankees but won the award while with other clubs were Phil Niekro with the Braves in 1980, Dave Winfield with the Twins in 1994 and Al Leiter with the Mets in 2000. Leiter’s broadcast partner in the YES Network booth, Ken Singleton, won the award in 1982 with the Orioles.
Among the other winners are Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Brooks Robinson, Al Kaline, Willie Stargell, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Gary Carter, Cal Ripken Jr., Barry Larkin, Ozzie Smith, Kirby Puckett and Tony Gwynn. Last year’s winner was Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Yankees reliever David Robertson and his Red Sox counterpart, pitcher Ryan Dempster, are taking their rivalry beyond the mound and going online to see who can raise the most money for charity. It is the Power of 2-Baseball Edition.
Robertson is supporting his foundation, High Socks for Hope, which helps families impacted by tragedies and natural disasters. Dempster is supporting his Dempster Family Foundation and the quality of life of those affected by 22q Deletion Syndrome.
Fans are encouraged to donate to these charities as many times as they would like until Monday Aug. 26. The pitcher who receives the most donations will be crowned champion of the Power of 2. The loser will have to perform an embarrassing public stunt-having to arrive at Yankee Stadium in September as a super hero and participate in a game day press conference still in costume.
High Socks for Hope was founded by David and Erin Robertson after tornadoes ravaged David’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2011. High Socks for Hope has worked tirelessly to help Tuscaloosa families rebuild their lives after experiencing the loss of family members, homes and most of their possessions.
While still working in Tuscaloosa, High Socks for Hope has branched out to New York, Texas and Oklahoma with families impacted by tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy. It is D-Rob’s personal mission to help families that have limited resources and need help starting over due to sudden circumstances beyond their control. In order to reach as many families as possible, High Socks for Hope works with many other charities and organizations.
“Growing up in Alabama I’ve seen first-hand the devastation caused by tornadoes and hurricanes and the shattered families they leave behind,” Robertson said. “Some of the children we are helping lost their home, school, church and sense of security. They have experienced so much tragedy, it is important to me for them to be able to have something to look forward to and be excited about again, to know that someone does care about what they have been through. The funds we raise through the Power of 2 can help these communities rebuild, and what better way to do that than taking down the rival Red Sox.”
Tuesday began early for David Robertson, who with his wife Erin and 10-month-old son Luke visited the Far Rockaway section of Queens on behalf of his High Socks for Hope charitable organization. In a joint venture with NBTY Helping Hands, the Robertsons teamed with a crew of volunteers to deliver new furniture to four families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
Two 30-foot trucks arrived on Beach 45th Street filled with new furniture that was soon moved into homes where families had been displaced or living exclusively on the second floors. Brenda Frost, one of the occupants, said that when she returned to her home after being evacuated to Brooklyn the first floor of her house was still soaked from five feet of water that had seeped in.
“We lost everything except for some paintings on the wall,” she said. “We had to replace the floor because the old one buckled. There was no furniture left on the ground floor until today.”
The David and Erin Robertson Foundation and NBTY donated a check of $20,000 to pay for the new furniture to returning families of Bobby and Kim Hamilton, Esther and David Lookmauth, Brenda Garlin and John Correls and Lillie Thompson. The donation is expected to provide enough capital to furnish the homes of six additional families in the storm-devastated area. Two of the families were featured in pregame ceremonies at Yankee Stadium before Tuesday night’s game.
Also on hand was Robert Young Jr., founding principal of Rockaway Collegiate High School and bible teacher at Long Island Church of Christ in Central Islip.
The David and Erin Robertson Foundation, a donor advised fund with the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, is dedicated to assisting those affected by the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, their home town, and throughout the state of Alabama. The foundation strives to lend support to charities and organizations helping those who suffered loss and were affected by that tragedy. It also has reached out to recent tornado victims in Oklahoma.
“Alabama and New York are the two places I consider home, so to see both of my states so affected by these natural disasters is heartbreaking,” David said. “I have been fortunate enough to be given a state as a major league baseball player to help raise awareness for the victims of these disasters. My wife and I created High Socks for Hope to lend support to those suffering in the wake of natural disasters, especially after the immediate attention subsides. We are thankful for the donation from NBTY Helping Hands that is helping to get some of these families back into their homes.”
NBTY Helping Hands is the charitable arm of Nature’s Bounty, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of vitamins, supplements and sports nutrition items, based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
“As a Long Island company committed to helping people be healthy and well, it is particularly heartbreaking to see so many people in the area who still have been unable to return to normalcy even now, seven months after the storm hit,” NBTY Helping Hands chairman Mike Oliveri said. “While many of us have been able to move on with our lives, many have not. We hope that this donation will help some of these families get back on their feet.”
Curtis Granderson, who is recuperating from a fractured right forearm sustained in the first game of spring training, will appear at a Jackie Robinson Tribute Program at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn Monday as part of his Grand Kids Foundation (GKF) series of programs.
Lincoln High sustained significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. GKF has donated a new scoreboard and wind screens for the outdoor athletic fields. Following a ceremony at the school, Granderson will accompany student athletes to a screening of the new movie, 42, about Jackie Robinson’s breaking baseball’s color barrier.
The Yankees in conjunction with the Cloudbreak Group will donate 20 percent of all sales at http://www.nyyankeesfragrance.com during November and December to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. A minimum guarantee of $10,000 will be offered by the Cloudbreak Group, in addition to the dedicated portion made from all sales on the website during the aforementioned months.
“We have had an overwhelming response since the launch of the New York Yankees fragrance collection and are pleased that our loyal fans in the Tri-State area have embraced these products,” Cloudbreak Group chief executive officer Thomas Butkiewicz said. “As a member of the Yankees family, we recognize the needs of these individuals during this difficult time and are proud to help support them.”
Michael J. Tusiani, Yankees senior vice president of corporate sales and sponsorships, said, “We are very thankful to the Cloudbreak Group and proud of our partner for supporting the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through its commitment to the American Red Cross.”
The motion is part of an organization-wide commitment in helping to rebuild the lives of those who have suffered great losses in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The Yankees have donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts associated with the storm.
In addition to helping the Red Cross, Yankee Stadium’s Gate 2 entrance was recently converted into a collection hub in which non-perishable food and household items were donated by the public for those affected. The Yankees have continued to deliver and distribute these items to those in need through various other local charities.
“New York Yankees” and “New York Yankees for Her” both helped usher in the 2012 baseball season by officially launching in April. Originally available exclusively at Yankee Stadium and select department stores, the fragrances have expanded to department stores in multiple international markets. Fans can purchase these and other items and help support the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by visiting http://www.nyyankeesfragrance.com.
The Yankees have begun collecting donated items from the public at Yankee Stadium for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. As items are received, the Yankees will immediately deliver and distribute them on an ongoing basis.
Individuals are encouraged to bring the non-perishable food and household items listed below to Yankee Stadium’s Gate 2 entrance at any time through the end of the week. Gate 2, located at 164th Street and Jerome Avenue, will be staffed 24-hours-a-day to receive donations.
“Even though a week has passed, the tragedy of the hurricane endures for many residents of the metropolitan area,” Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said. “In addition to the many loved ones who were lost, people have been left without homes, food and the basic necessities. We hope our efforts support and show solidarity with those who are bravely dealing with heartbreaking circumstances.”
Recommended items for donation include:
• baby bottles and formula (powdered or liquid)
• baby clothes and blankets
• baby food (jarred or canned)
• baby powder
• diapers and wipes
• dish soap
• disinfectant wipes and bleach
• heavy duty trash bags
• latex gloves
• laundry detergent
• mops, brooms and shovels
• spray-bottled cleaners
• work gloves
CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD
• blankets and pillows
• coats, sweaters and other warm winter clothing for all ages
• hats, scarves and gloves for all ages
• raincoats and rain ponchos
• work boots and rubberized boots
FOOD (NON-PERISHABLE ONLY)
• bottled water
• boxed/non-refrigerated milk
• canned fruits
• canned tuna fish
• granola bars and energy bars
• instant coffee and tea bags
• instant soups
• packaged snacks or cookies
• peanut butter and jelly
• batteries – especially “D”
• disposable cameras
• face/dust masks
• gas containers (only government-approved “red” containers)
• hand and foot warmers
• masking tape and marking pens
• power strips and extension cords
• feminine hygiene products
• hand sanitizers
• razors and shaving cream
• shampoo and conditioner
• soaps (bar or liquid)
• toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash
• adhesive/non-adhesive bandages, antibacterial ointments, gauze and tape
• acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen
• rubbing alcohol and peroxide
• can openers (manual only)
• disposable dinnerware (cups, plates, and plastic utensils)
• napkins and paper towels
• toilet paper
• dry dog or cat food (no cans)
The Yankees will sponsor a New York Blood Center donor drive to help replenish supplies after Hurricane Sandy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Gotham Hall, located at 1356 Broadway at 36th Street in Manhattan.
The first 300 donors will receive vouchers for a pair of tickets to a 2013 Yankees game.
“We thank the New York Yankees and Gotham Hall for helping us replenish our community blood supply after Hurricane Sandy,” New York Blood Center vice president Rob Purvis said. “We’re opening up new locations and drives all the time – including Friday’s drive at Gotham Hall – and the latest information is at nybloodcenter.org and 1-800-933-BLOOD.”
Blood donors will receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY State Department of Health donor criteria. People over age 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.
The Yankees have also donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support the relief efforts in the Tri-State area associated with Hurricane Sandy.
“The damage and destruction to the Tri-State area caused by Hurricane Sandy is daunting, but we have seen the great resiliency of this region before,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said. “As a neighbor and community member, the Yankees embrace our role of stepping forward and assisting the American Red Cross, which comes to the aid of so many people through their tireless efforts.”