You had to wonder when it was going to happen. With Derek Jeter poised to break the 3,000 career hits barrier, when would the league, and Yankees, capitalize on it?
Well, today that's happened as Jeter has worked with MLB and the Yankees to design a special silicone bracelet commemorating the achievement. The great thing? Proceeds will be benefitting his Turn 2 Foundation.
According to MLB, Jeter will wear the DJ3K bracelet during Tuesdayâ€™s game against the Red Sox, which will feature a pre-game ceremony honoring seven of the 2011 â€śJeterâ€™s Leaders.â€ť Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will benefit the â€ś2011 Jeterâ€™s Leaders Leadership Conference,â€ť which empowers high school student leaders from across the country by providing valuable tools to accomplish social change.
The bracelets, which feature a â€śDJ3Kâ€ť mark along with the Yankees and Turn 2 Foundation logos, will be available beginning Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Yankee Clubhouse Stores, MLB.com, Modellâ€™s, The Sports Authority, Dickâ€™s Sporting Goods, Bobâ€™s Stores and Party City locations throughout the greater New York area. They will come in a two pack (one blue, one gray), with an MSRP of $5, $1 of which will go to Jeterâ€™s Turn 2 Foundation.
(Purchase them online, here)
And no, this isn't the end of it. MLB has announced that additional merchandise commemorating the 3,000th hit will be released immediately following the achievement.
Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and â€śTURN 2â€ť healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. These programs all share the same goal of helping todayâ€™s youth become the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, you can visit: www.turn2foundation.org.
So, support a good cause. If you're a Yankee fan, all the more so.
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