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14th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic
Former Yankees catcher Flaherty talks about the importance of education

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On July 9, 2013, Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation returned to Queens for its 14th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic, a free four-day program that brings together more than 100 children from the five boroughs to teach baseball fundamentals and important life lessons.

The clinic, held this year at the Al Oerter Recreation Center, is organized by the Turn 2 Foundation in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Former Yankees catcher and current YES Network broadcaster John Flaherty joined the clinic as special guest speaker. Following a demonstration of baseball techniques, Flaherty shared the story of his baseball career and words of encouragement with participants.

"I made a promise to my dad after I got drafted that I would go back to college at George Washington University and finish my education," Flaherty said. "An education, a college degree -- that is something that no one can ever take away from you."

"The Turn 2 Foundation Baseball Clinic is an incredible annual event that allows us provide these young people with an unforgettable experience while also instilling in them the values that are central to our organization," Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation, said. "We hope that by teaching valuable life skills alongside baseball fundamentals, we will help each child reach his or her full potential."

Throughout the clinic, local coaches taught participants throwing, hitting, running, catching and fielding techniques, while Turn 2 staff shared essential life lessons taken from Derek Jeter's autobiography, The Life You Imagine, which focuses on guiding today's youth toward positive, healthy choices and behavior.

The clinic concluded on July 12 with an awards ceremony and banquet to reward the participants for their accomplishments. Families and friends joined the children, who received certificates of completion and gift bags from the Turn 2 Foundation that include items donated by the organization and its sponsors, Jordan Brand and Gatorade.


13th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic
Former Yankees first baseman/DH Fielder serves as guest speaker

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Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation continued its tradition of giving back when it hosted its Annual Turn 2 Foundation New York City Baseball Clinic in partnership with the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department at Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing, N.Y. The free four-day clinic brings 125 local children together to learn the fundamentals of baseball, as well as important life skills and lessons.

Former New York Yankees first baseman and designated hitter Cecil Fielder attended as a special guest speaker. Fielder spent time with the children and encouraged them to excel both on and off the field. He also demonstrated a batting drill to offer interactive instruction. He guided the youth with words of encouragement: "It is important to love what you do, and what's even more important is to strive to be the best you can be, at whatever it is you do, each and every day."

A talented group of local coaches was recruited to teach and reinforce baseball fundamentals and skills including throwing, hitting, running, catching and fielding techniques. In addition to learning baseball skills, the children were also exposed to essential life lessons. The "10 Life Lessons" were taken from Derek Jeter's autobiography The Life You Imagine, which focuses on guiding today's youth toward positive, healthy choices and behavior. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to one of Derek's mantras, such as "Finding the Right Role Models" and "Don't Be Afraid to Fail". Each child received a copy of Derek's All-Star Manual: 10 Life Lessons workbook to outline their goals and the steps to fulfilling their dreams.

At the conclusion of the clinic, families and friends joined the children at the awards ceremony and banquet to reward them for their accomplishments. Each participant was honored with a certificate of completion and a gift bag from the Turn 2 Foundation that includes items donated by the Turn 2 Foundation and its sponsors, Jordan Brand and Gatorade.

The Turn 2 Foundation Baseball Clinics are one of the activities created by Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation to reward children who are demonstrating positive behavior, academic excellence, and leadership qualities in school and their communities. The next clinic will be held in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Aug. 8-11, 2012).


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Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation continued its tradition of giving back when it hosted its 2011 Baseball Clinic for kids, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation at Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing, N.Y. The annual free clinic brings 125 local children together to learn the fundamentals of baseball, as well as important life skills and lessons.

On Wednessday, Aug. 3, 2011, former New York Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez came as a special guest speaker. Martinez spent time with the children and encouraged them to excel both on and off of the field.

He also joined the participants during drills to offer interactive instruction. He guided the youth with words of encouragement, "Always remember it's just as important to do your best off the field and to be the best person you can be."

A talented group of local coaches was recruited to teach and reinforce baseball fundamentals and skills including throwing, hitting, running, catching and fielding techniques. In addition to learning baseball skills, the children were also exposed to essential life lessons. The life lessons were taken from Derek Jeter's autobiography The Life You Imagine, which focuses on guiding today's youth toward positive, healthy choices and behavior. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to one of Derek's mantras, such as "Finding the Right Role Models" and "Don't Be Afraid to Fail." Each child received a copy of Derek's All-Star Manual: 10 Life Lessons workbook to outline their goals and the steps to fulfilling their dreams.

At the conclusion of the four-day clinic, families and friends joined the children at the awards ceremony and banquet to reward them for their accomplishments. Each participant was honored with a certificate of completion and a gift bag from the Turn 2 Foundation that includes items donated by the Turn 2 Foundation and its sponsors, Brand Jordan, Gatorade and the New York Yankees.


11th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic
With Gossage's help, Jeter inspires kids at clinic

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Derek Jeter may be the Yankees' captain, but he certainly doesn't resemble Captain Hook. By using his celebrity to promote the fundamentals of a more virtuous life, he inspires kids to believe in themselves, while embracing the untainted exuberance of childhood.

Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation has been providing free youth clinics in New York, Tampa and Kalamazoo, Mich., for more than a decade, encouraging kids to learn respect, teamwork and other fundamentals, as defined by Jeter's 10 life lessons. The New York program, which wrapped up in Flushing, N.Y., on Saturday, was a sight to behold. Rarely do 115 children listen so attentively to their instructors, but they interacted enthusiastically despite intense heat and a diverse pool of backgrounds. It was all smiles and no objections.

"What we try to do out here is teach the fundamentals of the game the right way for all kids," said Vice President Todd Smith. "We use the game [of baseball] for the purpose of teaching important life lessons off the field as well, and have a lot of fun while we're doing it."

Lillian Wing, a proud parent of two in the program, could not stop raving about the experience.

"The staff is wonderful and attentive to children. Jeter is a great mentor and a great role model," she said.

Donna Bayliff, another enthusiastic parent, provided a similar sentiment, outlining several reasons for why her son, Zachary, enjoys the clinic.

"I like that it's free, it's all about fundamentals and there is not a competitive atmosphere, so nobody feels better or worse," Bayliff said. "Every day he leaves here, he's happy. They made him feel successful because he tried."

When asked about the general mood among the kids, she simply stated: "In this heat, there's not one complaint. Kids only get plugged into quality."

The Turn 2 Foundation made great use of the Al Oerter Recreation Center, just a short distance away from Citi Field, where Jeter's rival Mets make their home. The close proximity may have recruited a lot of Mets fans, but there still seemed to be universal support for Jeter.

"It's not about a Mets fan or a Yankees fan," insisted parent Alex Anderson. "It's about respecting Derek Jeter. What he's doing is commendable. Maybe it will have an impact on other ballplayers to do something. It would be more 'Turn 2' and less 'turn off.'"

If endorsements from parents were not enough, the Turn 2 Foundation received an outpouring of support from Yankees Hall of Famer Goose Gossage. Gossage spoke to the children for 20 minutes, stressing the significance of Jeter's mission as the kids peppered him with questions about his own career, personal life, and anything else that might pop into an eight-year-old's head.

Everyone at the clinic chuckled a bit when one child asked Gossage which team he hit the most home runs against.

"I was a pitcher," Gossage answered, laughing. "I gave up a lot of home runs."

When asked about Jeter, Gossage said, "Jeter is as good a person as he is a player. That's quite a mouthful when you can say that about a player of his caliber. He is my favorite player in the Major Leagues."

Jeter invited Gossage to the camp because their visions are very much aligned -- both appreciate the importance of youth in shaping the future of society, and maybe that starts with treating the world like Neverland.

"The key is to never grow up," Gossage said. "I never forgot my childhood. My memories as a little kid are as good as those in the big leagues. The game keeps you young, from memories. It takes you back to your childhood."

Gossage's words ring especially meaningful on the heels of George Steinbrenner's passing. In these somber days for Yankees fans, Jeter truly is the heroic figure many make him out to be, and for that a number of kids are grateful and fortunate.


10th Annual New York City Baseball Clinic
Youngsters have fun, learn lessons, meet inspiring people


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This year's program was a very special one for the Turn 2 Foundation. From July 8-July 11, 2009, Turn 2 hosted its 10th Annual Turn 2 Foundation New York City Baseball Clinic! For the past decade, Turn 2 has made baseball clinics available to New York City's youth and has served thousands of participants across all five boroughs of New York City.

As in years past, Turn 2 partnered with the New York City Parks and Recreation Department who continue to help make each baseball clinic a success. The clinic took place at Chelsea Park and Chelsea Recreation Center in Manhattan where over 100 children -- representing all five boroughs -- attended the free, four-day event. Boys and girls ages 8-13 learned a number of baseball fundamentals and skills including; throwing, hitting, running, catching, and fielding techniques taught by outstanding coaches. Each skill was gradually built upon and reinforced over the course of the clinic. On the final day, the children were able to show off their newly honed abilities in a set of friendly skills contest stations.

In addition to learning baseball skills, the children were also exposed to essential life lessons. The life lessons were taken from Derek Jeter's autobiography, The Life You Imagine, which focuses on guiding today's youth toward positive, healthy choices and behavior. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to one of Derek's lessons such as Finding the Right Role Models and Don't Be Afraid to Fail. In this year's clinic, the children were able to define and discuss some of Derek's other lessons which include; Set Your Goals High, Have a Strong Supporting Cast, Be Serious -- But Have Fun, and Think Before You Act. Each child was also given a copy of Derek's All-Star Manual: 10 Life Lessons workbook and a baseball skills handout with a copy of Derek's "10 Life Lessons" poster.

One of this year's biggest highlights was a visit from special guest Bucky Dent, former New York Yankees Shortstop and 1978 World Series MVP. While speaking to the clinic participants, Bucky shared his experiences as a professional athlete and allowed the children to ask numerous questions about his life and career. He also reiterated the importance of being a team player and displaying good sportsmanship qualities; a vital part of the game. Following his presentation to the group, Bucky joined a number of the stations for some one-on-one instruction.

At the conclusion of the clinic, Turn 2 hosted an awards ceremony and banquet to reward the participants for their accomplishments. Families and friends joined the children as each one was honored with a certificate of completion and a gift bag from Turn 2 and its dedicated sponsors.

The Turn 2 Foundation would like to thank each partner, sponsor, coach, and child who has worked hard to make the baseball clinic so successful over the past 10 years. Turn 2 is looking forward to kicking off the next decade of baseball with the 2010 Turn 2 Foundation New York City Baseball Clinic next summer!