Friday, June 21, 2024

Yankees HOPE Week Day 5: Dance To Unite


Aaron Judge leads the way dancing outside Yankee Stadium. Provided by New York Yankees.

On Friday, the conclusion of HOPE Week, the Yankees made a dance video and honored Dance to Unite, a non-profit organization founded by Galit Adani, which utilized dance and guided conversations about values to teach and celebrate respect, cultural diversity, and kindness.

Yankees players Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, DJ LeMahieu, Oswaldo Cabrera, Luis Gil, Luke Weaver, and Ben Rice, with coaches Pat Roessler, Luis Rojas, and Tanner Swanson, joined Adani and her students, internet sensation @kidthewiz, dancers Ashley Fritz and Audrey Thelemann, and some fellow New Yorkers to create a dance video outside Yankee Stadium's Gate 4 and in the neighborhood surrounding The Stadium.

Juan Soto and @kidthewiz. Provided by New York Yankees.

Provided by New York Yankees.

Ashley Fritz, Audrey Thelemann, and @kidthewiz in a bodega. Provided by New York Yankees.

After the dance video shoot, the group gathered for lunch in Yankee Stadium's Ford Field MVP Club. 

Dance to Unite received a $10,000 donation from the New York Yankees Foundation, which was presented by foundation representative Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal. (pictured below)

Provided by New York Yankees.

In a pregame ceremony before the Yankees took on Atlanta, Dance to Unite received AmeriCorps' President's Volunteer Lifetime Service Award form AmeriCorps Director of Regional Operations Erin McGrath.

The Yankees received the Lifetime Service Award from McGrath, and Haley Steinbrenner Swindal and Julia Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees Foundation accepted it.

Galit Adani throwing out the first pitch. Provided by New York Yankees.

The pregame ceremony. Provided by New York Yankees.

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