NEW YORK CITY, April 3, 2009 – When Derek Jeter and David Wright step to the plate this season they will bat for a good cause. The New York Yankees’ All-Star shortstop and New York Mets’ All-Star third baseman are squaring off in Delta’s Jeter/Wright Batting Challenge. As the official airline and proud sponsor of New York’s two beloved baseball teams, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is launching the season-long friendly batting challenge to support the players’ foundations. At the conclusion of the regular season, Delta will make a $100,000 donation to the foundation of the player with the highest batting average. Delta will also donate $50,000 to the foundation of the runner up.
The results of Delta’s Jeter/Wright Batting Challenge will be determined by the highest batting average at the end of the regular season, based on a minimum of 400 plate appearances. In the event a player is unable to reach 400 plate appearances, Delta will nullify the Challenge and donate $75,000 to each player’s foundation. Jeter will be batting for his foundation, the Turn 2 Foundation, which creates and supports signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. Wright will step to the plate for the David Wright Foundation, which provides aid and assistance toward the health, emotional development, and education for children in need in the New York, Tri-State, and Norfolk, VA metro areas.
“As the ‘official airline of New York baseball,’ Delta is thrilled to host the Delta Batting Challenge, which will benefit two very worthy charities,” said Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president - New York. “Derek Jeter and David Wright are true fan favorites and hometown heroes, and through the Batting Challenge, fans will now have even more reason to cheer for them each time they step to the plate this season. As the world’s largest airline, the Batting Challenge further solidifies our commitment to New York, which also serves as a global hub for the airline. Delta offers more flights from JFK and LaGuardia to more destinations worldwide than any other carrier, and we are committed to remaining the airline of choice for New Yorkers.”
“Getting a good hit is always a big thrill,” said David Wright, “but the Delta Batting Challenge will make each future hit even more valuable this year. Helping children in need is very important to me personally and I am honored to take part in this challenge to support the David Wright Foundation. Watch out Jeter!”
Jeter commented, “The New York Yankees and the Turn 2 Foundation are two of my great passions, and I couldn’t be happier to take part in the Delta Batting Challenge. Each time I step to the plate this season, I will have even more motivation than ever before – to help support the Turn 2 Foundation and to beat David Wright!”
As the Official Airline of the New York Yankees and New York Mets, Delta Air Lines will offer exclusive hospitality venues at Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium: Delta Sky360 Club at Citi Field and Delta Sky360 Suite at Yankee Stadium. The venues will provide premium and season ticket holders with the same “first class experience” Delta offers in-flight, including superior food, beverages and entertainment. Each venue will feature upscale culinary offerings and superior views of the game from behind home plate.
The Delta Sky360 Club at Citi Field is a 22,500 square-foot, club-level space behind home plate, welcoming 1,600 fans in the Field Level premium seating area. The space also offers views of the Mets’ and visitors’ batting tunnels and provides two outdoor terraces 20 rows from the field. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group will provide a variety of casual and refined dining offerings, from pizza and burgers, to crab cakes and marinated olives, to fettuccine and grilled smoked steak. The Delta Sky360 Club will also feature Delta signature cocktails.
The Delta Sky360 Suite at Yankee Stadium is a 16,460 square-foot space located behind home plate and includes the nine main level seating sections directly in front of the Suite. The space offers 1,200 fans some of the best views of the game, as well as upscale cuisine and Delta signature cocktails.
Delta Air Lines is the world’s largest airline. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its NWA subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to more than 376 destinations worldwide in 66 countries and serve more than 170 million passengers each year. Delta’s marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem either SkyMiles or WorldPerks on more than 16,000 daily flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta and its 75,000 worldwide employees are reshaping the aviation industry as the only U.S. airline to offer a full global network. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at delta.com.
Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “TURN 2” healthy lifestyles. Through these ventures, the Foundation strives to create outlets that promote academic excellence, leadership development and positive behavior. These programs all share the same goal of helping today's youth become the leaders of tomorrow. Turn 2 supports young people in New York City, West Michigan and Tampa, Florida.
The David Wright Foundation was founded in 2005 by David Wright of the New York Mets. The sole purpose and mission of the foundation is to provide financial support and raise awareness for those in need and to financially support other charitable organizations. The foundation pays special attention to Multiple Sclerosis and children's causes, and maintains its focus on the New York City and Norfolk, Virginia metropolitan areas.