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Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation Celebrates It’s 16th Annual Dinner

June 29th, 2012 at 6:00 AM
By Karen Vankat

Derek Jeter on Tuesday turned 38 years old and so far has spent his entire 18 year career playing for the New York Yankees. When Jeter was a rookie back in 1996 he decided he would like to emulate his idol Dave Winfield by having his own charitable organization. In a hotel room sharing a pizza with his father the idea was born of the Turn 2 Foundation.

'Derek Jeter' photo (c) 2009, Nick Step - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Last Tuesday Jeter held his 16th Annual Turn 2 Foundation dinner which over the years has awarded $16 million in grants to support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. The Foundation was established to help children and teenagers avoid drug and alcohol addiction, and to reward those who show high academic achievement. Turn 2 has introduced school programs, summer camps, baseball clinics and other activities that have helped children through out the years. 

TurTur2ll clinics and other activities have helped thousands of children in the years since. Turn 2 school programs, summer camps, baseball clinics and other activities have helped thousands of children in the years sinceThe foundation always turns out some of the biggest stars in entertainment and sports. Some notables included former teammate Tino Martinez, along with current mates Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano joined Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers, another Kalamazoo product. Olympian Dominique Dawes, former Knick John Starks and Boyz ll Men, who entertained everyone after dinner.

Cano talked about his double play partner saying, "You know the guy he's always helping people who need help," Cano said to MLB.com. "Why not support him? It's important to him because he's always talking about it. It's really good. Those are the kinds of guys you want to follow." 

Jeter's parents, Dorothy and Charles, along with sister Sharlee run the day-to-day operations for the foundation. The family is the backbone of the foundation with Jeter admitting that his family has given 100% over the years and it has morphed into something very special.

Jeter loves that he hears from parents of Turn 2 graduates who have thanked them for their support in the education and blossoming of their children.

One of Jeter's favorite memories was of a Jeter-sponsored youth baseball team. They weren't very good and lost every game by the mercy rule, they never ever scored a run. Jeter guessed as the coach one day and the kids scored a run and their reactions was as if they won a World Series.

This year's honoree was Simona Var ,eikate, a 2007 product of the Jeter's Leaders program and recently graduated from Northeastern University.

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Tags: Baseball, Derek Jeter, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Turn 2 Foundation

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