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CC and Amber Sabathia give out free back packs to PS 152 in the Bronx

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SOURCE: PitCCh In Foundation

Hundreds of students in the Bronx got a good start to the new school year today when they received new fully-filled back to school backpacks from New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and his ‘PitCCh In Foundation.’  Joined by his wife Amber, CC personally handed out the backpacks during a school assembly at P.S. 152  Evergreen School.  Today’s program was a first for the New York area and follows a tradition that the Sabathia’s started last year in their  hometown of Vallejo, California.  The 2010 presentation in Vallejo took place last month and involved the donation of some 1,200 backpacks to every first grader in the district.

“This was a great day for Amber and I because we remember how important it was to feel prepared for that first day of school,” explained CC.  “I think my favorite part of the morning was greeting each youngster with a hand shake or high-five and seeing their smile as they got their new backpack.”

Each backpack contained folders, lined paper, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpener, crayons, appropriate reading level materials, and a book marker along with an inspirational message from CC.

The 30-year-old Sabathia, who maintains a home in nearby New Jersey, is having an outstanding second season for the Yankees who are once again competing to win the American League East and a potential return to the World Series.   In 2009, Sabathia helped lead the team to a world championship with World Series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

CC Sabathia’s ‘PitCCh In Foundation’ was founded in 2009 as a 501 (c)(3) national non profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of inner city youth by working to raise self-esteem through education and athletic activities.

A major project of the organization took place earlier this year when the Foundation was the driving force behind the rebuilding of the North Vallejo Little League Baseball facility where CC had once played. CC’s mother Margie continues to be an active supporter and participant in the North Vallejo Little League and recently traveled to Williamsport, Pennsylvania where she was recognized as the “Little League Parent of the Year.”

Check out photos from today’s event here.

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Written by Symphony

September 11, 2010 at 9:07 am

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