Today the Yankees announced the expansion of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) in 2012. Throughout the season, five Yankees minor league affiliates—the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Trenton Thunder, Tampa Yankees, Charleston RiverDogs and Staten Island Yankees—will host their own community events, designed to bring to light remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities.
In following the model established in 2009, each of the five minor league affiliates will reach out to individuals, families and organizations worthy of recognition and support, recognizing honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. With outreach often taking place away from the ballpark, Yankees minor league players, coaches and staff will be able to personally connect with participants.
“As an organization, we have seen firsthand the positive impact HOPE Week has made in our community,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. “We’ve found that giving back is contagious. One of the goals of the initiative has been to inspire others to follow in our footsteps, and I’m proud that our affiliates are expanding this tradition by joining our efforts.”
The Tampa Yankees will be the first club to host HOPE Week in 2012, as they highlight their five stories from June 4-8.