Derek Jeter continued his commitment to empowering high school students through the latest educational event hosted by his Turn 2 Foundation.
The former New York Yankees star teamed with Movado Group earlier this month to host its “Evening of Discovery” for the foundation’s group of high school students, called Jeter’s Leaders. The event included an orchestral tribute to the Notorious B. I. G. and a panel discussion focusing on using art to communicate, tell stories and how it can be used to impact culture plus social justice issues. This is the 12th year that Movado, Jeter and the Turn two Foundation have partnered for that event and 16th 12 months that Jeter has worked with Movado.
“This was an incredible program that encouraged the youth we serve to be well-rounded, cultured individuals, ” Jeter said. “I hope they left feeling inspired in order to continue expanding their horizons and gain new perspectives so these people can have the confidence to advocate for people from all walks of life. ”
Jeter established the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996 to offer programs plus activities that motivate high school students to achieve healthy lifestyles. The foundation’s signature initiative is its Jeter’s Leaders group, the four-year leadership program that will “fosters academic achievement, positive behavior and social change, ” according to the particular foundation.
According to Jeter, all participants in the Jeter’s Frontrunners program possess gone on to graduate high school and get accepted to top colleges across the country. The foundation has also given back more than $35 million to fund the programs plus other similar organizations.
Jeter’s latest initiative under the particular Turn 2 Foundation comes during a banner year with regard to the former baseball star. In June, Jeter teamed with Untuckit founder Chris Riccobono in order to launch a new athletic apparel brand, called Greatness Wins.
“A large majority of my life has been centered with the sports world and I’ve been fortunate to wear a lot of different types associated with athletic wear throughout the years, ” Jeter said. “I think I bring great insight [to Greatness Wins] as it relates to performance and tangible priorities when it comes to producing, but I also bring the intangible elements We learned from my athletic career — like understanding the importance of having a great team to achieve success plus the belief that hard work is at the core of achieving goals. ”
Greatness Wins is Jeter’s first venture in the particular fashion space. Along with Riccobono, Jeter is working with past hockey celebrity Wayne Gretzky and ballerina Misty Copeland on the brand, which offers men’s, women’s and kids sports activities apparel offerings.
“We were very confident in the product we were putting out there, yet to see the reaction from customers and to feel the excitement that will be building around the upcoming launch of the women’s line is really rewarding, ” Jeter said. “This is usually just the beginning. ”