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Derek Jeter


Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Best-Selling Author and Former New York Yankees Captain

By the time he stepped away from baseball in 2014 after a historic 20-year career with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter had established himself as one of the most respected men to ever have played the game. His reputation is that of an unmatched leader both on and off the field, his name synonymous with hard work, dedication and class.

In retirement, Jeter 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. In November 2013, Jeter and Simon & Schuster announced the Jeter Publishing imprint. The first booked released, The Contract, debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times Children's Middle Grade Best Seller list. In October 2014, a full-color photo book called Jeter Unfiltered was released, providing fans an in-depth look at his life through never-before-published images taken over the course of his final season. Jeter also serves as Partner and Brand Development Officer of Luvo, a transformational lifestyle food brand where he is involved in product development, brand awareness and strategic partnerships.

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 Derek's baseball career, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million 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.

Jeter is a five-time World Series Champion and joined baseball's exclusive 3,000-hit club on July 9, 2011. He has received numerous accolades in recognition of both his on-field skill and his commitment to community service, including: World Series MVP (2000); 13-time MLB All-Star; five-time Gold Glove award; five-time Silver Slugger award; AL rookie of the Year (1996); Roberto Clemente Award (2009); Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award (2009); the Sporting News Good Guy in Sports award (2002); Michigan Association of School Administrators Champion for Children award (2005); Joe Torre Safe at Home MVP award (2010); Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (2010). In 2012, Siena College recognized Jeter with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his leadership, accomplishments on the baseball field and dedication to improving the lives of young people through the Turn 2 Foundation.

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. Learn more »


Social Change Project
The Project is an event created to share one of the Foundation's principles with communities. Learn more »


Turn 2 Foundation Dinner
The 19th Annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Purchase sponsorship »


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