Derek Jeter’s 27-Year-Old Foundation Invites an MLB Legend to Give Excited Kids the Memory of a Lifetime

Published 03/21/2023, 4:37 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996, during his rookie season, with the help of his father. Jeter wanted to help young people in need and motivate them to turn away from drugs and alcohol. In its 27 years, the Foundation has raised more than $30 million to help foster academic excellence and leadership among young people. 

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Jeter and the Foundation have also organized programs, activities, and experiences to help the youth and motivate them. Most recently, Turn 2 organized for a former MLB star to teach kids the basics of baseball and leadership values. Thus, giving them a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

The Turn 2 Foundation brought in MLB legend Gary Sheffield to interact with the youth

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Derek Jeter has met and interacted with hundreds of MLB players over the years. Over that period, he has had many teammates who have become friends. This has helped with the Turn 2 Foundation whenever he needs someone to come in and provide a fresh perspective. Most recently, he and Turn 2 invited his former teammate and MLB legend Gary Sheffield to interact with the youth. He taught them the basics of baseball and some leadership values at the Foundation’s 2023 Tampa Baseball Clinic. The Turn 2 Foundation shared an Instagram Post thanking Sheffield. 

In the post, the Turn 2 Foundation said, “Batter up! As part of our 2023 Tampa Baseball Clinic this week, local youth learned baseball fundamentals and #Turn2 values that they can apply both on and off the field. The students had the opportunity to strengthen their skills and hear from our special guest speaker, former MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield. Thank you, @garysheffield, for joining us and motivating these young people! #Turn2”

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Sheffield played MLB for 22 years, was selected as an All-Star 9 times, and won a World Series in 1997. He gave the kids the experience of a lifetime with his wealth of baseball knowledge and status as a legend. This is one of the many programs and initiatives that Jeter and his Foundation organize. But the New York Yankees legend does not do it by himself. 

Derek Jeter has a lot of help from his family

Over the 27 years since establishing the Turn 2 Foundation, Derek Jeter has run it with the help of his family. His sister, Sharlee Jeter, is particularly involved in its running. She was named the Foundation’s President in 2010 and has run it beautifully since then. Most recently, she was given an award named after Jackie Robinson in recognition of her work for the community.

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Derek Jeter has done countless things for the community through his Turn 2 Foundation. What do you think of him organizing MLB legend, Gary Sheffield, to interact with their youth? Kindly share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.
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