Staten Island Yankees hosting Special Olympics NYC Day, featuring special on-field jerseys
STATEN ISLAND- On Sunday, July 10 at 4 p.m., the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George will serve as the finish line for the Staten Island leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics New York. During the Staten Island Yankees game against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers following the Torch Run, the team will wear special jerseys designed by Rodney Hankins, who has competed in bowling with Special Olympics NYC for over 20 years. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during the game with all proceeds going to Special Olympics NYC.
LETR for Special Olympics is the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. At its most basic level, the Torch Run is an actual running event in which officers and athletes run the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremonies of local & statewide Special Olympics competitions. Annually, more than 85,000 dedicated, compassionate and volunteer law enforcement officers participate in the torch run throughout 35 nations, 12 Canadian provinces and 50 US States, raising more than $50 million for local Special Olympics programs in 2015 and over $500 million since its inception in 1981.
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in New York State. This year, over 200 officers and athletes ran in the Queens leg on June 4th, into the annual Metro Tournament at Queens College. On Sunday, July 10, local officers and local athletes will run in the second LETR leg in Staten Island, making this the first ceremonial run for the borough. These officers and athletes will carry the Flame of Hope into the Staten Island Yankees game to throw the ceremonial first pitch at 3:45 p.m. For more information, please visit www.nycletr.kintera.org.
Gates for Sunday’s baseball game open at 3 p.m. with first pitch occurring at 4 p.m. Prior to the game, mascots from across the New York Metro area will be in ballpark for a pre-game event as part of “Scooter’s Summer Olympics” sponsored by Fidelis, then will escort Special Olympics NYC athletes to the field for various in-game activities. Attending the event are mascots from organizations including the College of Staten Island, Seton Hall, Fidelis, Trenton Thunder and more. Also in attendance will be Chad Spencer and Chris Hall from Hulu’s “Behind the Mask”. For tickets to the Sunday’s game, fans can visit www.siyanks.com or call 718-720-9265.
The Staten Island Yankees are the Single A-Short Season Affiliate of the New York Yankees and play at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. The Staten Island Yankees are six-time New York-Penn League Champions (2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011). For more information, visit siyanks.com.
Special Olympics NYC uses the transformative power of athletic competition to change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics NYC empowers over 41,000 Special Olympics athletes in the five boroughs to develop their “A game” in over 220 local competitions every year, breaking through traditional biases and making meaningful contributions to the city.
Join Special Olympics NYC, along with their dedicated corporate donors, individual supporters and media partners, to help their athletes benefit from the joy of competition, and all of New York City to benefit from their inspiration. For more information, please visit http://specialolympics-ny.org/newyorkcity.