Jim Leyritz – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Jim Leyritz – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

By Erik Erlendsson

On the diamond, Jim Leyritz built a career by coming through in the cluth for his team.

That tendency continues for Leyritz, who now comes through to help charity.

A two-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees, Leyritz is actively involved with numerous charitable organizations while serving on a Special Services Agreement with the Yankees. In this role with his former team, Leyritz serves on the board of directors for the 9/11 Education Trust Foundation and the ALS Association for Lou Gehrig’s disease, which claimed his brother Joe in 2010.

In 2015, Leyritz was named the national spokesperson for Pinktie.org and PinkTie1000, a 100-percent give-back foundation dedicated to raising money specifically to New York charities. He also serves as Vice President for Player Development for Sports1 Marketing, which was co-founded by fellow Humanitarian of the Year nominee Warren Moon.

Leyritz, an undrafted catcher out of the University of Kentucky, was signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 1985 and worked his way to the Major Leagues. During the 1995 baseball playoffs, Leyritz hit a 15th-inning, walk-off home run in Game 2 against the Seattle Mariners. During the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, his three-run home run off Mark Wohlers in the eighth-inning tied the game and allowed New York to eventually win the game in extra innings and pull even in the series.

Leyritz would also go on to help the San Diego Padres reach the 1998 World Series against the Yankees before returning to New York the following season, helping the Yankees to another world title, hitting another Game 4 home run to help complete a sweep of the Braves.

You can support your favorite nominee in this campaign by favoriting, donating, tweeting and joining his/her team with a chance to be recognized as one of his/her top supporters.  Starting Friday, June 9, you can also come back daily to “Boost” your favorite daily.  Fans receive points for joining a team, donating, tweeting, boosting or responding to “ do-gooder challenges”.  The direct link to Jim’s page is https://asu.givkwik.com/JimLeyritz

About the award: Started in 2013 by Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne, Co-Founders of All Sports United, the Most Valuable Philanthropist seeks to recognize the effort of deserving sports philanthropists each year and bring positive news while highlighting the amazing charitable work of many in the sports community.  The winner of the award will receive $10,000 to his or her charity of choice.  The campaign is supported by technology partners Givkwik and xocial.  Each of the partners plays a crucial role in executing the campaign.  Special Thanks to All Sports United Supporter Jeff Tutor for his contributions to the campaign.

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