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The Yankees and the Women’s Sports Foundation will celebrate “Daughters Day at Yankee Stadium” when the team returns to the Bronx for a three-game series against the Blue Jays starting Monday night.
As part of Monday’s events, Olympics gold medalists Christie Rampone, captain of the 2012 U.S. women’s national soccer team, Sarah Hughes (2002 figure skating) and former WNBA New York Liberty star Kym Hampton will take part in a pregame ceremony in which the Yankees Foundation will make a contribution to support the Women’s Sports Foundation’s efforts to provide positive recreational outlets for girls throughout New York’s five boroughs.
Rampone and Hughes will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitches, and Hampton will sing the national anthem. Joining Rampone, Hughes, Hampton and Women’s Sports Foundation chief executive officer Kathryn Olson at the game will be fellow female athletes Cameron Myler (four-time Olympics luger), Phaidra Knight (2010 rugby Player of the Decade), Andra Douglas (owner of the Women’s Professional Football League’s New York Sharks), Natalie Vie (2010 national champion fencer) and Alexis Page (International gold medalist in rhythmic gymnastics).
Founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation advances the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. From advocacy to research to funding to grassroots programming, the Women’s Sports Foundation has increased opportunities for millions of girls and women across the United States. The organization recognizes the importance of getting girls active and celebrates the positive impact of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s GoGirlGo! New York City program which works to improve the health of sedentary girls by getting them involved in sports and physical activity in a safe and positive environment.
Mariano Rivera will take a break from his rehabilitation from knee surgery to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. For photos and video of the bell ringing, connect with NYSE Euronext on Facebook (NYSE Euronext-Official Site), You Tube (nysetv1) and Twitter (@NYSE Euronext),#NYSEBell.
The Yankees have scored at least three runs in a single-season franchise record 39 consecutive games since May 30, surpassing the previous mark established in 1933. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since that 38-game streak by the 1933 Yankees, only two other major-league clubs scored three runs or more in at least 38 straight games in one season – the 1994 Indians (48) and the 1996 Mariners (39).
Honored in pre-game ceremonies before Monday night’s Yankees-Blue Jays game was former U.S. Olympics softball coach Mike Candrea of the University of Arizona, whose teams won a gold medal in 2004 at Athens and a silver medal in 2008 at Beijing. The ’04 team was 9-0 with eight shutouts and outscored its competition, 56-1. Candrea was recently elected to the Softball Hall of Fame. It is astounding that the Olympics no longer have baseball or softball among its Summer Games competitions.
What more appropriate time than the beginning of the Subway Series at Yankee Stadium for the team to unveil a new exhibit at the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America at Yankee Stadium that honors the legacy of the late principal owner George M. Steinbrenner III.
“The Boss: Remembering George M. Steinbrenner III” opened Friday as the Yankees prepared to play the Mets for the start of the Subway Series, which continues with games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The exhibit aims to capture Steinbrenner’s dedication to winning, his motivation to take the Yankees to the top of baseball and his quiet generosity.
The exhibit includes a variety of Steinbrenner’s championship rings, including all seven of his World Series rings (1977, ’78, ’96, ’98, ’99, 2000 and ’09), his American League Championship Series rings from 1976, 2001 and 2003, two rings from the Olympics (1994, ‘96), his 1977 All-Star Game ring and a 1967 Rose Bowl ring.
Fans can also get up close with Steinbrenner’s straightforward leadership style with the “Lead, Follow, or Get the Hell Out of the Way” sign from his desk at the original Yankee Stadium.
Photographs from the Associated Press are also on display, plus original artwork from the late Bill Gallo of the New York Daily News and presented to the Steinbrenner family at the 2009 Welcome Home Dinner. The exhibit also captures Steinbrenner’s passions off the field with a 1970 Tony Award for the Broadway musical, Applause, and an opening night Playbill from the show, which he co-produced.
Additional awards on display include the “Pride of the Yankees” Award presented to the Steinbrenner Family at the 2009 Welcome Home Dinner, the 1998 “Team of the Year” ESPY Award and the 1999 “Sportsman of the Year” trophy from The Sporting News. In addition, select items are available for viewing from Steinbrenner High School in Tampa, Fla., which was named in honor of the Boss for his commitment to the community – in particular the schools and school system.
Already a captain, Derek Jeter is now an ambassador.
The Yankees shortstop was named Monday as an Ambassador to Beyond Sport, the global initiative that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. As an Ambassador, DJ will be responsible for spreading the word about Beyond Sport and its associated values helping to build awareness about the impact sport can have on communities worldwide.
Jeter will also offer his input during the final judging process for the Beyond Sport Awards which provides funding and business support worth $1 million annually to the best projects across the globe that use sport to address issues within their communities. Derek’s appointment as an Ambassador represents a substantial show of support for Beyond Sport by Major League Baseball.
“The more we can highlight the important role that sport can play in creating positive social change and show the meaningful benefits it can bring, the more impact we can have on the lives of disadvantaged people all around the world,” Jeter said. “”Beyond Sport’s outreach is something that I firmly believe in, and I am proud to be able to play my part in helping to achieve those goals.”
Jeter joins 23 other Ambassadors, all of whom bring unique experiences and visions to the Beyond Sport initiative, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; the multi-Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson; Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Olympics; HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan; and two-time Women’s World Cup winner and former president of the Women’s Sport Foundation, Julie Foudy.