NEWARK — The Newark Bears will host a charity baseball game against Hank Steinbrenner’s “Hank’s Yanks” at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Sunday, May 22, at 1 p.m.
Hank’s Yanks are a community youth baseball team sponsored by New York Yankees General Partner/ Co-Chairperson Hank Steinbrenner. The team consists of many talented youths who, for a number of reasons, have never been given an opportunity to flourish. Hank’s Yanks went on to win the championship at Yaphank, LI’s “Baseball Heaven” and capture the first annual “Boss’ Cup” at Yankee Stadium. One player has already been signed to pitch for the Yankees; three more are to be drafted into the major leagues come June.
“Hank’s Yanks is a great program for underprivileged youth,” said Bears general manager and former Yankees pitcher Mike Torrez. “With some major league talent coming out of the team, I’m sure they will put up a good fight.”
Even though the Yankees will play the New York Mets that day in the interleague Subway Series, Steinbrenner and former Yankees players will be at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium to root for the youth team.
Bears manager and former Yankees left-fielder Tim “The Rock” Raines is most excited to take part in this special charity event. “It was an honor to play for Mr. Steinbrenner and the vision he represented,” Raines said. “I am proud to be involved in any philanthropy effort that bares the Steinbrenner name. Hank’s genuine dedication to his youth team speaks volumes of his generosity.”
“Some of my fondest memories come from wearing that Yankee uniform and playing for Mr. Steinbrenner,” said Bears pitching coach and former Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz. “I look forward to partnering with his youth team and doing my part for the Newark community.”
Portions of the proceeds will go towards pancreatic cancer research and New Jersey youth programs.
The Bears’ own youth program, the Kids Club, will debut its first activities at the charity event. All kids ages 8-14 years old are welcome to attend the open audition to be a Kids Club Spokesmodel at 11 a.m. Just bring a headshot. The auditions will be filmed by a professional camera crew, so look your best for your chance to be on television.
Tickets for the charity game are $10, and can be purchased at the Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium box office or through their website www.newarkbears.com.
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