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Turn 2 Holiday Express 2011 - West Michigan

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On Dec. 16, 2011, Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees brought holiday cheer to 300 Western Michigan children involved in Derek's Turn 2 Foundation's Signature Programs. The Turn 2 Foundation Holiday Express 2011 was held at the Kalamazoo Rave Theater.

The Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders hosted a private screening of the movie, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.” This was followed by a surprise visit from Derek and Santa. Each child received a special holiday gift bag generously donated by the Yankees and sponsors of the Turn 2 Foundation.

The Turn 2 Holiday Express is one of the activities created by Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation to reward more than 1,000 children involved in Turn 2's Signature Programs in New York City, West Michigan and Tampa, Fla., who are demonstrating positive behavior, academic excellence and leadership qualities in school and their communities.

Derek started the Turn 2 Foundation in 1996, his rookie year. Turn 2 has awarded more than $16 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets for children to achieve academic excellence, develop leadership skills and remain drug and alcohol free. These programs all share the same goal of helping today's youth become the leaders of tomorrow. The Jeter's Leaders are students recognized for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities and community service and who are responsible for delivering a positive message to their peers.

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $23 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 »

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