The 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Summer will leave a collection of lasting legacies in the five boroughs of New York. Approximately $7 million generated by Gatorade All-Star Workout Day will be donated to MLB Charities and local efforts supported by Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees as part of the All-Star Legacy program. The 11 most recent All-Star Workout Day gates, including the projected 2008 figure, will have delivered approximately $32 million to MLB Charities and local charities identified by the 11 host Major League clubs.
Major League Baseball has traditionally used All-Star Week events to support organizations, including its official charity -- Boys & Girls Clubs of America -- and others with which the League has strong relationships, including the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, the National Urban League, Little League Baseball, National Recreation and Park Association, Roberto Clemente Sports City and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, among others.
As announced earlier this season on Jackie Robinson Day, MLB will sponsor 30 Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars, one on behalf of each club, for each of the next four years, in addition to the current support provided by MLB and its Clubs to the Foundation. A substantial portion of the proceeds will remain in New York City to fund a number of worthy projects, including:
Grand Concourse Branch of the Public Library. Funds will be used to complete renovations of the roof and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and maintain a safe environment for library users of all ages.
Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Funding will help complete an $8 million renovation of the former Hebrew Institute Yeshiva at 1835 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. When the Clubhouse opens later this year it will serve 1,500 youth and offer comprehensive and wide-ranging programs for children ages 6-18.
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. Funds will be used to support Bronx-Lebanon's unique pediatric diabetes program, "Sugar Babies Place" which has been most successful in monitoring, stabilizing and reducing diabetes complications in children.
Manhattan Youth Recreation Resources. Serving the community most directly affected by 9/11, funds will support Manhattan Youth's new state-of-the-art community center which will be Lower Manhattan's first community center concentrating on children, teen programs and recreation opportunities.
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