Friday, August 28, 2015

Thunder's Annual Hope Week Begins on Monday August 31

On Monday, The Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, will begin participation in a collection of community events called HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere and Excel). HOPE Week is a New York Yankees initiative designed to reach out to remarkable people and organzations who are worthy of recognition for their inspiring actions and support of their communities.

The following are the honorees and/or outreach events of Thunder HOPE Week. Each will consist of the Thunder players, mascot and staff visiting a loaction and/or presentation prior to that night's game.

Monday, August 31: Uganda Little League World Series Team. Thunder minority owner Richard Stanley has had a hand in the birth of baseball in the country of Uganda and the Little League World Series team will play a game at West Windsor Little League at 1:30pm on Monday afternoon. The Uganda team will then travel to ARM & HAMMER Park and meet Thunder players and coaches and be honored on the field before the game.

Tuesday, September 1: Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County. Thunder players will travel to the new Boys & Girls Club Center, located at 1040 Spruce St. in Lawrence, NJ, and spend the morning taking part in enrichment and recreational programs with the youth of Mercer County.

Wednesday, September 2: New Hope Academy. Located in Yardley, PA, New Hope Academy provides individualized education, not only for students with documented Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) but for all of their students. Each student progresses at his or her own pace, yet collectively they are challenged to stretch beyond their comfort levels and achieve beyond their expectations. Thunder players and coaches will tour the facility, meet the Founder and Executive Director, Kathleen Rosso-Ganna, and speak with the students.

Thursday, September 3: Miracle League of Mercer County. Earlier this summer, Thunder players participated in games at the Miracle League of Mercer County. The Miracle League is a non-profit organization created for and dedicated to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in an organized baseball league that celebrates their spirit in a non-competitive atmosphere. The Thunder will welcome Miracle League players to ARM & HAMMER Park and honor them in an on-field ceremony prior to the game.

Friday, September 4: Hope Loves Company. HLC is the only non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to the children of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patitents. The mission of Hope Loves Company is to provide emotional and educational support to children and young adults who have family members battling ALS. Hope Loves Company and some of the children they support will be recognized on the field.

The New York Yankees began HOPE Week in 2009 in an attempt to inspire people to follow the actions of a few great individuals who have proved how much they care for their own communities by giving back and helping as much as they could. The Thunder are proud to join the Yankees in celebrating HOPE Week for the fourth time in 2015.

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