The New York Yankees today announced the organization’s annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Highlights in 2021 include recognition of community members through the Yankees’ Hispanic Heritage Month Awards program, Latin-inspired food items available to fans at Yankee Stadium, and a unique ticket offer in which fans can recognize their Latin-American heritage with a New Era Yankees cap emblazoned with their homeland’s flag.
In September, the Yankees will again bestow its annual Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Awards to individuals and organizations making a profound difference in the lives of our community. Recipients will be highlighted and recognized on the Yankees’ digital platforms. This year’s honorees are:
· Meisha Porter is the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (www.schools.nyc.gov), which is the largest school system in the nation. Appointed on March 15, 2021, she is the first black woman to lead New York City’s education system, which is home to approximately 1 million students in more than 1,800 schools. The Yankees are honoring Ms. Porter for her commitment and progress in providing equal educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds.
· SCAN-Harbor (www.scan-harbor.org) is a non-profit youth and family service organization founded in 1977 that provides a variety of integrated support avenues to the highest risk children and families of Harlem, East Harlem and the South Bronx. With impactful and diverse programing, SCAN-Harbor’s services cover early childhood education, substance abuse treatment, violence prevention, the performing arts, literacy, LGBTQ support, afterschool activities and events, employment skills training and youth leadership.
· WHEDco (www.whedco.org) — the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation — is a community development organization focused on building sustainable, affordable housing anchored in strong communities. To meet these goals, WHEDco provides South Bronx residents with access to high-quality early education and after-school programs, cultural programming, family support services and pathways to economic opportunity, most notably through its Bronx CookSpace. WHEDco programs reach more than 35,000 people a year.
In honor of the month, Yankee Stadium’s food service provider, Legends Hospitality, has curated a select array of menu items which can be purchased on the Field Level in Section 112. Selections have been sourced from Latino-owned small businesses in the metropolitan area. Offerings include ultra-creamy Mexican-style flan, gluten-free Colombian beef empanadas, made with a crispy corn crust and a stewed beef and potato filling, then served with a garlic-cilantro dipping sauce; and chicken flautas, constructed with slowly simmered shredded chicken breast in a crispy corn tortilla and served with spicy white queso and freshly made tomato pico de gallo.
Fans looking to attend games while honoring their Hispanic heritage can take part in a special ticket offer for the upcoming homestand from September 17-22. As part of the “Rep Your Flag” program, fans can purchase tickets for these games and receive a New Era Yankees cap co-branded with their Latin American flag of choice. Options include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela. Fans may visit www.yankees.com/heritage or www.yankees.com/herencia for more details.
To learn more about these and other events and initiatives, fans may visit the team’s official Spanish-language website, www.yankeesbeisbol.com, and click on the special Hispanic Heritage Month section. Current information on all Hispanic initiatives may be found on the Yankees’ Spanish-language Facebook page (www.facebook.com/yankeesbeisbol), Twitter page (@Yankees_beisbol) and Instagram page (@Yankeesbeisbol).