Derek Jeter meets with students at Hamilton College
Derek Jeter meets with students at Hamilton College

Throughout his 20-year career with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter had the reputation as a “gamer” – always the player who gave 110 percent and played harder than anyone else. The former Yankees captain and shortstop proved that label still holds when he slogged through snow, ice and a Nor’easter to keep his date at Hamilton College as a guest in the Sacerdote Great Names series on Dec. 10.

Jeter has served as an inspiration to children to play the game as it should be played, as evidenced by the large number of parents and children and Hamilton community members who braved the winter weather to see him in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. 

Former MLB All-Star and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Harold Reynolds was moderator as Jeter fielded questions pre-submitted by the Hamilton community. Another 457 alumni registered to livestream the Jeter event.

Before the question and answer event, Jeter met with 40 student-athletes and participated in a press conference. Jeter is a five-time World Series Champion and joined baseball’s exclusive 3,000-hit club on July 9, 2011.

In retirement, he now focuses on transitioning a storied career into a variety of successful business ventures. Most recently, Jeter announced The Players’ Tribune, an innovative multimedia digital company where world-class athletes share their honest and unique perspectives, bringing fans closer to the games they love.

Jeter continues to be the driving force behind the Turn 2 Foundation, which he established in 1996 to give back to the communities with which he has a close connection, including West Michigan, Tampa and New York City.  He satisfies his passion for inspiring young people through initiatives – like the Jeter’s Leaders program – that promote academic excellence, leadership development, positive behavior, healthy choices and social change.

During Jeter's baseball career, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. It remains committed to continuing this mission well into the future.

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