Yanks honor football star for HOPE Week

June, 20, 2014
Jun 20
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CC SabathiaCourtesy New York YankeesCC Sabathia speaks with HOPE Week honoree Quai Jefferson. Jefferson threw out the first pitch on Friday.
NEW YORK -- The Yankees honored Quai Jefferson on Friday, the final day of HOPE Week. When Jefferson was six, his mother, Vaida, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

By the time he turned 10, he was running the house and taking care of his mom. He just graduated from Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J. He was on the honor roll and a varsity football and basketball player.

He is headed to University of Delaware, where he will play football. He plans on majoring in business administration.

Prior to Friday's game, he spoke with Derek Jeter and threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Brendan Ryan.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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