Wednesday, March 4, 2015
WALK FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS
If you have been to Yankees Stadium for a game in the last few years, you probably noticed the Yankees involved with and sponsorship of the Wounded Warrior Project. Well, the Wounded Warriors and the Yankees have made headlines again, this time in the form of a very long walk to raise money and awareness.
Richard Albero is a 65-year old retired school teacher and a former Naval officer who has decided to go on a walking journey from home plate at Steinbrenner field to home plate at Yankee Stadium. He began the walk this Monday morning at 10am. Why? First, he is honoring his nephew Gary, who was killed in the attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. Second, he is doing it to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.
For those that don’t know, the Wounded Warrior Project is an organization whose purpose is “To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.”
I am inspired by this guy. The fact that he is volunteering to do this, to raise many for others in need, tells you how strongly he feels about this worthy cause. Many of us believe in this cause, and he is putting a lot of us to shame. He expects to walk about 10-20 miles per day, which will allow him to complete the journey at around Memorial Day. The Yankees will be at home for the series’ before and after Memorial Day, so it should be very momentous.
He has been a fan of the Yankees for 60 years, by his count, and he is honoring one Yankee for every mile of the 1,200 mile walk. We do not know how he is keeping track of all of them, but it is pretty cool that he is associating this walk so strongly with the Yankees organization. Even Joe Girardi and the Yankees brass came out for the start of the walk, and gave him a Yankees cap and a shirt for his trip. It was a nice touch.
One final plug: if you want to donate to in honor of Richard Albero's walk, you can go to his gofundme project here, and you can follow his progress on his Facebook page.
--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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