2016-09-28 / Front Page

The Yankee Captain Comes To Queens

BY JASON D. ANTOS


Former Yankees shortstop and baseball legend Derek Jeter greeted youngsters at the 17th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic hosted by his Turn 2 Foundation in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Former Yankees shortstop and baseball legend Derek Jeter greeted youngsters at the 17th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic hosted by his Turn 2 Foundation in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Photo Jason D. Antos More than one hundred Little Leaguers players got the chance of a lifetime to meet their hero of heroes, their baseball icon of icons.

Former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter came to the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to share life lessons on the game and what it takes to realize your dreams and become a professional.

Jeter’s appearance in Queens came as part of the 17th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic, a free two-day program hosted by his Turn 2 Foundation and was held in partnership with the city Department of Parks & Recreation. During the annual clinic, local coaches taught participants throwing, hitting, running, catching and fielding techniques.

“Baseball and New York City have given me so much over the last two decades, and it makes me so excited to be giving back with my foundation and spend time with the kids to share with them some of what I’ve learned from my parents, coaches, and other great role models I’ve had in my life,” said Jeter.


Former Yankees shortstop and baseball legend Derek Jeter greeted youngsters at the 17th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic hosted by his Turn 2 Foundation in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 
Photos Jason D. Antos Former Yankees shortstop and baseball legend Derek Jeter greeted youngsters at the 17th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic hosted by his Turn 2 Foundation in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Photos Jason D. Antos The Yankees captain shared his morals with the youngsters in attendance, telling them that hard work, education and following their dreams are critical to become successful in all areas of life.

Now in its 20th year, the Turn 2 Foundation participates with area youth programs to promote activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and thus “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Since its creation in 1996, Turn 2 has given back more than $23 million to organizations that support its mission. The foundations signature initiative known as Jeter’s Leaders is a four-year leadership development program that fosters academic achievement, positive behavior and social change among high school students in New York City and Michigan.



Derek Jeter answered many questions from future baseball stars on various topics from how to become successful to what it was like playing for the Yankees. Derek Jeter answered many questions from future baseball stars on various topics from how to become successful to what it was like playing for the Yankees.

Derek Jeter is proudly surrounded with the more than 100 participants of the 17th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Derek Jeter is proudly surrounded with the more than 100 participants of the 17th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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