Aaron Judge steps up to fulfill New York children’s dreams

Yankees star Aaron Judge at a charity event by his All Rise Foundation in July 2023.

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New York children have a chance to make a wish before Yankees superstar Aaron Judge on Tuesday. At a special event in New York City, Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, along with other sports icons, will join Aaron Judge to fulfill the cherished dreams of multiple children.

The event is set to mark the launch of a brand-new collaboration between Fanatics and Make-A-Wish.

Aaron Judge’s surprise for NYC kids

During the event, Aaron Judge will make two kids’ wishes come true, and he’ll also surprise seven other kids by spending time with them. The Yankees captain is set to play whiffle ball and catch with the group, and he’ll even sign autographs and merchandise for them.

This won’t be the first time Aaron Judge fulfills a Make-A-Wish child’s dream. Every year, ESPN shares stories about athletes making a difference in the lives of children with serious illnesses in a series called ‘My Wish.’ In 2018, Aaron Judge made a nine-year-old boy’s dream come true by taking him to Yankee Stadium for a special day. The boy received autographs and memorabilia, and they both watched the game from a suite alongside Yankees executive Brian Cashman.

Yankees star Aaron Judge at a charity event by his All Rise Foundation.
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Make-A-Wish has made more than 550,000 dreams come true for children facing serious illnesses since 1980.

The event

This Tuesday, Make-A-Wish and Fanatics are revealing an unprecedented partnership. Fanatics is set to become the official sports partner of the wish-granting organization. The event on Tuesday is a way to introduce how Fanatics and Make-A-Wish are dedicated to enhancing and expanding sports-related wishes for both present and future wish recipients.

Fanatics, with over 900 sports partnerships, exclusive deals with numerous top athletes, and a strong focus on sports fans, is in a unique position to provide unforgettable experiences for wish kids and their families. They will also help boost the broader sports-related aspect that Make-A-Wish is developing. This involves making dreams come true, like meeting athletes, attending championship games, experiencing All-Star Weekends, Rookie Drafts, and being part of the most sought-after sporting events worldwide.

Fanatics Chief People Officer Orlando Ashford stated that Fanatics has been supporting Make-A-Wish and its remarkable endeavors for many years. He mentioned that this partnership would serve as an ongoing testament to the influence of sports and the potential for children to find healing through their connections with their favorite teams and sports heroes. He further explained that Fanatics would make use of their relationships and access to thousands of athletes in various sports, their extensive list of outstanding partners, and their growing sports platform to provide these exceptionally courageous children and their families with the most unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, which Fanatics was honored to deliver.

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