New York Yankees All Star outfielder Curtis Granderson and the Grand Kids Foundation partner with the YMCA of Greater New York to host a Grand Kids Y Talk and field trip to Yankee Stadium.

A National Ambassador of The White House’s Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign, Curtis’ Y Talk conversation will focus on the importance of health, wellness and physical activity, aligning with the Y to enhance youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and, today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. These Let’s Move! statistics prompted Granderson to launch the Grand Kids Fitness Challenge (Spring Training 2013), in which he encourages students to monitor daily physical activity as part of a six-week program.

“We had the opportunity to partner with the YMCA of Greater New York for the Grand Kids Hurricane Sandy School Recovery Program this past year,” said Granderson. “That partnership was evidence of the role the Y plays in our community - anchored in our neighborhoods and continuously evolving to meet the needs of the kids, families and adults who live in this great city. I’m thrilled that the Grand Kids Foundation has aligned with the Y as we rollout our Grand Kids Fitness Challenge program and encourage kids to stay active.”

Gary Laermer, Chief Development Officer of the Y said, “We are so pleased to partner with Curtis Granderson who believes, as the Y does, in higher educational opportunities for youth and staying fit. We really appreciate his commitment to the kids and families of the Y. “

Y Summer Teen Camp kids from various locations, including Chinatown Beacon Center, Cross Island Beacon Center and the Jamaica YMCA will spend the morning of Thursday, August 15 at the Bronx Y for a meet-and-greet with Granderson, followed by fun-filled physical activities and a special field trip to Yankee Stadium as the New York Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels.

About the Grand Kids Foundation:
Established in 2007, the Grand Kids Foundation focuses on improving the educational experience for youth nationwide. In 2009, Curtis released a children’s book, All You Can Be, which shares personal stories from his youth encouraging children to chase after their dreams. Proceeds from All You Can Be benefit the Grand Kids Foundation. Additionally, Curtis Granderson serves as a National Ambassador of the White House’s anti-obesity campaign, Let’s Move! The Grand Kids Foundation has zero operating costs - every penny donated to the Grand Kids Foundation goes back into the education of our nation’s youth. Visit thegrandkidsfoundation.org and follow Granderson on Twitter/Instagram via @CGrand14.

About the YMCA of Greater New York
The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 400,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit ymcanyc.org.

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