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Derek Jeter, Founding Publisher - The Players' Tribune

Kalamazoo is where my sister Sharlee and I grew up, and the city has given us so much. That’s why I was extremely proud that my Turn 2 Foundation recently hosted a number of events in Kalamazoo — as a small way to give back and say thank you.

Turn 2’s events included its 13th annual baseball clinic, a free day of play (in partnership with Nickelodeon), at which families could enjoy fun outdoor games, and — in partnership with the Nancy Lieberman Foundation —the donation of a beautiful multipurpose basketball court to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo. The court is a place where young people not only can play ball, but at which they can also learn, grow, develop friendships, achieve their goals and discover and channel their passions.  I couldn’t think of a better place to build that kind of space than my hometown, where I once did all those things, as well.

While home, I also visited some of my old stomping grounds, including my Little League and high school baseball fields, my childhood home and my old elementary school.  Thank you, Kalamazoo, for your continued support.  You will always have a special place in my heart.


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