Employees of a Connecticut movie theater got a major league surprise when members of the New York Yankees dropped in on a staff meeting.
Most of the employees at the Prospector Ridgefield theater are disabled. The players and managers stopped by as part of HOPE Week (Helping Others Persevere and Excel). The program recognizes people who make a difference in their communities.
On Tuesday, they where at the theater to honor its founder, Valerie Jenson, who made it a priority to provide job opportunities to the disabled. About 65% of her 110 employees have some form of physical or developmental disability.
Jensen, who opened the theater last year, calls her employees “prospects,” a play on the name of the theater, but also a way of telling the world about their potential.
Players Brian McCann and Chase Headley, along with manager Joe Girardi and the team’s general manager, Brian Cashman, presented Jensen with a $10,000 check to continue her work. The team also invited Jensen and one of her prospects to throw the ceremonial first pitch in their game against the Minnesota Twins later that night.
(WATCH the video below from NBC News) — Photos: New York Yankees
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