The Women’s Academy of Excellence kicked off their first Town Hall and Rose Ceremony of the 2012-2013 academic year with a keynote address by Amber Sabathia. Amber was honored to be selected as a speaker for her work as a philanthropist and businesswoman.
Over 450 young women from 9th to 12th grades, along with their parents, learned about Amber's life journey growing up with a single parent to finding her purpose and following her passions. Amber was so impressed by the energy of the young ladies and the enthusiasm of the faculty and staff. Midway through her speech she added an impromptu question and answer period in order to understand what was on the minds of these young ladies and to offer advice on having a successful year.
Amber looks forward to hearing about these students' successes and how they incorporate the school's theme of "Transitioning from Good to Great" throughout the year.
CC and Amber were invited to join Stedman Graham, the founder of Athletes Against Drugs, (AAD) for two special events in Chicago. The morning had the couple speaking to over 500 student athletes at Victor Andrew High School in Tinley Park. Both CC and Amber shared personal stories of making the conscientious decision to say no to drugs.
Later that evening, the AAD hosted a private reception atop of the famed Willis Tower with a special Q&A.
A special thanks to the staff at AAD and to all our supporters in Chicago!
CC and Amber were invited to speak at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, NJ, to share their life stories to nearly 1,000 students in two 45-minute assemblies. Hosted by national media personality Kraig Debro, the program touched on various subjects based around making positive life choices.
Amber spoke first discussing the choices she made while growing up including her achievement of earning her BA in Liberal Arts from San Francisco State University, raising her four children, and serving as the Executive Director of the PitCCh In Foundation.
"The Story", a special video created in part by Vallejo High School student and PIF Intern, Nick Pitts, was shown that highlights CC's journey from Vallejo California to the mound at Yankee Stadium. CC then answered questions and gave details on what it takes to be a champion in life.
Thank you to the students, faculty, and support crew for all the help with making this a wonderful event!
In February 2013, Margie Sabathia-Lanier, CC Sabathia’s mother, presented a check for $25,000 to the Vallejo High School’s Athletic Department on behalf of the PitCCh In Foundation.
“We believe every student athlete should have the opportunity to play any and all sports that they choose regardless of their economic circumstances,” said Amber Sabathia, PitCCh In Executive Director. It’s important for students to participate in athletic activities, as it adds to the overall development of young people and provides them with comprehensive skill development from learning teamwork to rewards of self-discipline and building self-confidence.”
“When we were at Vallejo High School, we never missed a season as a member of an athletic team,” said CC Sabathia. “We had some of our most memorable experiences and learned so much from being on a team. Amber and I want to make sure current VHS students have a similar experience.”
PitCCh In hopes this grant will enable the VHS Athletic Department to build stronger athletic programs and provide all students with an enriching high school experience.
In the Fall of 2012, the New York Tri-state area was devastated by Hurricane Sandy with communities displaced and basic necessities unavailable. Amber and CC Sabathia postponed the PitCCh In Foundation annual fundraiser, the CC Challenge, and took registered participants to volunteer with them in the communities hit the hardest on November 10th. The group spent the morning at HOPES Inc Community Action Partnership handing out non-perishable food items, children’s winter jackets, hats, mittens and pajamas, and $50 gift cards. Later that day, they headed over to the Hoboken Center of the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County to paint. Amber and CC were inspired see how resilient the local community is and the number of people giving back.
PitCCh In also supported the Jubilee Center with non-perishable food items, children’s hats, mittens and $50 gift cards, as well as provided a $10,000 grant to the Red Cross to support on-going efforts in the tri-state communities that are still rebuilding.
Exactly 24 hours after the unveiling of CC Sabathia Field at Patterson Park, CC and some of his former teammates from Vallejo High School thought it would be nice to try out the new digs.
CC was put up to the challenge against his old friends – but the Cy Young Award winner couldn't just use his ball and glove to strike them out. He had to outhit them in the annual "Vallejo Baseball Bash," an evening home run derby-type event that featured some of the best former players from Vallejo High in a friendly competition to see if they still "got it."
The "Baseball Bash" was held courtesy of CC's "PitCCh In Foundation" with proceeds from the event benefiting North Vallejo Little League.
Fans were able to see what Vallejo High School baseball was like from different generations as former players still showed that they had something left in the tank to send the ball over the fences, including a couple of shots that hit the sparkling new lighted scoreboard. As for CC, it wasn't that long ago that he would go yard on a regular basis as a high school player.
Several players from Vallejo's past took part in the "Baseball Bash," including Vallejo High Class of 1992 graduate and former Major Leaguer Damon Hollins, and 1997 graduate and current Houston Astro Joe Thurston.
But at the end of the night, it was Vallejo High 1992 graduate Chris Smith who stole the show and now has the bragging rights for the year. Smith, was drafted by the California Angels in the second round in 1992, and prior to CC, was the highest draft pick to come out of Vallejo High.
CC and his friends also greeted fans with autographs and pictures, before, during and after the event. It appears safe to say that "CC Sabathia Field" is ready to play ball for the 2012 season!
CC made a special visit to the nationally syndicated Anderson Cooper Show to meet 13-year-old cancer survivor and baseball fan Dugan Smith. The Yankee ace surprised Dugan on the show, gave him a signed jersey, baseball, and World Series tickets to Game 5.
Additionally, CC invited Dugan to join him on his personal team for the first Annual CC Challenge, last November 2011. CC also provided travel accommodations for Dugan and his family to fly from Ohio to New York.
PitCCh In Foundation was an official partner of the 2010 Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids campaign. Payless gave over $1,500,000.00 in new shoes to children in need. To highlight the program, CC and Amber participated in a special event at the Payless NYC Flagship store on Fifth Avenue.
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On behalf of the PitCCh In Foundation, Amber and CC spearheaded the donation of $25,000.00 in Nike Elite product to the VHS Athletics Department. The donation provided every student-athlete with Nike apparel. PIF hosted a special event for the Athletic Department on 12/1/10 that featured guest speakers and the delivery of the products.
Amber Sabathia, Executive Director of the PitCCh In Foundation made a special visit to the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, New Jersey in the Spring of 2012.
The rich tradition of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark spans over 70 years and is a very special place where girls and boys can learn, play, and experience many wonderful life lessons.
Amber was welcomed by Club members, staff, and given an all-access tour of the Clubs facility and insight to their many programs. Guided by two Club members, the tour included a showcase of wonderful music, artwork, and creative designs. Amber was also shown the many resources the facility offers including counseling, career/college planning, health, and nutrition.
Following a special performance of poetry and singing by the youngsters, Amber addressed the group and shared her childhood story and important positive choices that she made as a young person. She then presented a donation check from the PitCCh In Foundation of $25,000 to the club and received loud cheers from all in attendance.
A very special thank you to Club Director, Shavorda Baskerville, the Governing Board, PwC, the staff and all the amazing kids of the Club!
Check out exclusive photos of Amber's visit at Bergen.com