PHOTOS: Former Yankee captain Derek Jeter surprises children with gifts and the big guy himself - Metro US

PHOTOS: Former Yankee captain Derek Jeter surprises children with gifts and the big guy himself

Eileen Barroso

Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter surprised more than 400 children from across the five boroughs when he stopped into two events as part of his Turn 2 Foundation’s annual Holiday Express.

“From their personal growth to their academic achievements, these children continue to amaze me. They each deserve a happy holiday season, and I am excited to be able to celebrate with them at our annual Holiday Express,” Derek Jeter said. “This has been an unforgettable year, especially as we celebrated 20 years of Turn 2, and I look forward to what 2017 will bring.”

The children who attended the events at Chelsea Piers and Queens included members of Turn 2’s afterschool programs – a partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation – and the Turn 2 Us program – a program created as a collaborative effort between Public School 128M of Washington Heights, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Turn 2 that is now administered under NewYork-Presbyterian’s Ambulatory Care Network.

“The Turn 2 Annual Holiday Express is a very special event that allows our Jeter’s Leaders to learn the importance of giving back, while celebrating the holidays with young people across New York City and Kalamazoo,” said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation. “I look forward to this event each year, and I am grateful for the continuous support of our amazing partners and sponsors.”

Each child received a special holiday gift bag containing items donated by the New York Yankees and sponsors of the Turn 2 Foundation, including Haddad Brands and Simon & Schuster. The gift bags were assembled on Dec. 1 at Yankee Stadium by high school students from the New York Jeter’s Leaders program.

“All their efforts in school definitely paid off with a fun-filled day at the recreation center and the icing on the cake was Mr. Jeter’s and Santa Claus’ surprise visit,” said Evelyn Montanez, program manager of the Turn 2 Us program at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Ambulatory Care Network. “The smiles and excitement of each and every child was priceless!”

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