Yankees celebrate Americans with Disabilities Act
On Aug. 16, in recognition of the 16th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Yankees held their fifth annual Disability Awareness Night at Yankee Stadium during which several individuals were honored for their contributions in improving the lives of people with special needs and disabilities.
Alan C. Greenberg, chairman of Bear Stearns & Co., was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Commissioner Matthew Sapolin and general counsel Jason Mischel of the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. In his leadership role with Bear Stearns, Greenberg has consistently hired employees with disabilities. He also co-founded the Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Center for Medical Genetics.
Chief executive officer Joe Valenzano of Exceptional Parent Magazine and Sal Salvo, general agent with MassMutual Financial Group, gave the next award to Dr. Philip DeFina, chief neurophysiologist at the NYU School of Medicine's Brain Research Laboratories and chief scientific officer of the International Brain Research Foundation. DeFina has worked to develop treatments for comas, Alzheimer's, autism and Parkinson's disease.
The last recipient of the evening was Steven Domalewski, a 12-year-old boy who was struck in the chest with a baseball during a Little League game in June and lapsed into a coma. His sister, Arlene, and his brother, Jimmy, received the award from third baseman Alex Rodriguez on his behalf.
14 YANKEES MAGAZINE October 2006