Yankees Give Back: Schoolyard Opened in the Bronx


Yankees players and executives are staying busy this offseason performing all sorts of charity work across the country. Yesterday Curtis Granderson headed to P.S. 19 in the Bronx to help open its redesigned schoolyard, complete with a new basketball court and baseball field. The Yankees were one of several organizations that contributed to make the schoolyard rejuvenation possible, and now 525 Kindergarten thru 8th Graders will have a better, safer place to play.

And possibly the best part of this story? The fact that Curtis participated in a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby, with each home run earning the school a $100 donation from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council. According to the NY Times the Derby was a success, and showed that if Curtis has been hitting the golf course this offseason it certainly hasn’t had an adverse effect on his home run stroke.

"In short order, Mr. Granderson — dressed in jeans, an Oxford shirt and loafers — hit 15 homers, each one amplified by the eager cheers of P.S. 19 students, many of whom were wearing Yankee gear."

What an awesome experience for those kids. And what a nice gesture by Granderson, who has really embraced New York and its people since his first season as a Yankee in 2010.