The New York Yankees today announced that relief pitcher David Robertson has assumed the role of Yankees Spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). He will represent the Yankees in Wounded Warrior Project outreach efforts and participate in Wounded Warrior visits to Yankee Stadium throughout the season.
Today the Yankees will be hosting approximately 25 Wounded Warriors, all of whom were injured while serving their country in the armed forces. Their activities will include taking a private tour of Monument Park and the Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America, along with spending time with Robertson in a quiet setting at Yankee Stadium.
On Sunday during a pregame on-field ceremony, the New York Yankees Foundation will make a $100,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Additionally, in a separate ceremony on Sunday, two Wounded Warriors, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Rodjean Thorman and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jay Lawrence, will be recognized for their service. The pair will represent a group of approximately 25 Wounded Warriors who are attending the game with members of their families through the generosity of Manfredi Jewels of Greenwich, Conn., which is providing tickets for their visit.
"The Wounded Warrior Project has been close to our hearts for many years," said Deborah A. Tymon, New York Yankees Senior Vice President of Marketing. "By continuing our relationship, we hope that the public further recognizes the magnitude of the sacrifices made by so many members of the armed forces. We owe it to these courageous men and women to extend our hands, hearts and resources to help them readjust to civilian life as quickly and thoroughly as possible."
The mission of the non-profit and non-partisan Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) is to honor and empower wounded servicemen and servicewomen. WWP's goals include raising awareness and enlisting the public in aiding the needs of injured service members. WWP also provides unique and direct programs and services for injured veterans.
"Wounded Warrior Project would like to thank David Robertson and the New York Yankees for their continued commitment to supporting our mission," said WWP Deputy Executive Director Al Giordano. "Taking the time to give back to our nation's injured servicemen and women not only speaks volumes about David's character, but of the Yankees organization as a whole. This ongoing support promises to provide memorable experiences for our alumni throughout the season."