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FanSided Covers Unforgettable Night with Special Olympics and New York Yankees

Standing left to right Rachel Soifer, Gleyber Torres, Charlotte Meier, Wilson Contreras, Charles Tadare.

The following is an excerpt from the article titled Yankees, Gleyber Torres Make Night with Special Olympics Athletes Unforgettable published byFanSided.

“Come on down.”

That was the text from Jason Teitler, SVP of Global Communications and Brand for Special Olympics, that unlocked the experience of a lifetime Friday night at Yankee Stadium and ushered me into an exclusive club. That should be no shock to anyone who knows Teitler or Special Olympics, though, a man and brand that have built skyscrapers on a foundation of inclusion.

Less than 24 hours prior, I’d been planning to attend the Yankees‘ Friday night battle with the Cubs as a fan, alongside my father, in an attempt to get my hands on an elusive Andy Pettitte bobblehead. I’d been scowling into my glove in preparation when I received word that there might be an opportunity for the both of us to spend an evening with Teitler and several Special Olympics athletes, honorees, and coaches in the Judge’s Chambers.

That opportunity materialized mere minutes after Teitler, along with athletes Rachel Soifer, Charles Tadare, and Charlotte Meier, had taken the field alongside Gleyber Torres, the Yankees’ star second baseman and a Special Olympics ambassador. Torres and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras are collaborators in launching Escuela de Fuerza, Special Olympics’ first-ever fitness campaign meant to foster a community of Hispanic athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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