Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira aren’t just setting an example for the Yankees on the field, but they’re also setting an example off the field. Here’s what the two of them are up to with their respective foundations:
Brett Gardner: The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced today New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has joined their “Advisory Board” which is made up of active players around Major League Baseball. The Taylor Hooton Foundation is acknowledged as a leader in advocacy against appearance and performance enhancing drugs use by the youth in today’s society
Gardner joins 11 other players who are involved with the Hooton Foundation including Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds), John Danks (Chicago White Sox), David DeJesus (Tampa Bay Rays), Brian Dozier (Minnesota Twins), Dillion Gee (New York Mets), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians), Mark Melancon (Pittsburgh Pirates), Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers), C.J Wilson (Los Angeles Angels) and Brad Ziegler (Arizona Diamondbacks). More players will be added to the “Advisory Board” throughout the 2014 season.
As members of the “Advisory” Board, the selected players will participate in the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s educational activities, record public-service announcements for radio and provide input by educating players on the dangers of using steroids and performance enhancing drugs.
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira launched the Dream Team 25 for the third year in a row, which alerts fans to help support his cause for Harlem RBI and the Dream Team Charter school. In exchange for support, “All-Stars” could make the trip to New York City and have lunch with Teixeira at Yankee Stadium.
This year, Teixeira is expanding the Dream Team 25 foundation to the South Bronx. After being strictly in Harlem for 22 years, Harlem RBI decided to enter a new neighborhood, with Teixeira on board.
“My favorite part of this campaign is getting to know my fans by reading all of their life stories as well as sharing about the amazing work of Harlem RBI and DREAM. It’s an honor to have this opportunity to combine my passion for baseball and education. I’m looking forward to this third season of Dream Team 25!” Teixeira said.
If you’d like to become a Dream Team 25 All-Star, there are three ways:
1) Donate $25 or more to dreamteam25.org and tell Teixeira why you deserve to be an All-Star
2) Get your family and friends to vote for you. The top three people who have the most votes will get a spot on the team
3) Vote for one of your friends and you could be placed in the lottery to also have a chance to come to New York City.
For more information on Dream Team 25, visit dreamteam25.org or follow Mark Teixeira on Twitter @teixeiramark25 for the latest updates.