HIGHLIGHTS OF DEREK JETER’S 20th ANNUAL TURN 2 FOUNDATION CELEBRATION
October 2016: New York City: Derek Jeter and an “all star” cast of athletes, celebrities, and supporters came together to support the baseball icon’s Turn 2 Foundation in New York City on its historic 20th Anniversary..
The former New York Yankees captain and All-Star shortstop hosted the 20th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street to raise money for the organization’s youth initiatives.
20 Years of Turn 2: Since its launch in December 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has created and supported programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Its signature Jeter’s Leaders initiative 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 West Michigan.
The name “Turn 2” is symbolic of the dramatic double play made by infielders during a game. It also represents Derek’s wish to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and enable them to “Turn 2” his Foundation for guidance and the much needed help to avoid drugs and alcohol.
During its 20-year history, Turn 2 has given back more than $23 million to organizations that support its mission.
Celebrating Turn 2: Television personality Hoda Kotb also served as host for the evening. Rhythm and blues singer and recording artist Ne-Yo delivered a special musical performance for Derek and his supporters.
Among the celebrities in attendance included current New York Yankees stars Dellin Betances and CC Sabathia; Derek’s role model and former Yankee great Dave Winfield, Derek’s former teammates Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, and Robinson Cano; former New York Giants Tiki Barber and Harry Carson; local basketball icon and head coach of St. John’s Red Storm Chris Mullin; football stars Nate Burleson and Chris Canty; former WNBA stars Swin Cash and Teresa Witherspoon; former New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet; Matt Harvey from the crosstown rival New York Mets; Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen; former model and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland, and former football star, author, and radio personality Tim Green, among others.