Former New York Yankees great Bernie Williams will be visiting a group of extra special children on Shelter Island next week to give them and their siblings some encouragement as they continue their battle with pediatric cancer. Most of the campers attending have some form of the illness, so this annual camp is very important to them as it allows their lives to be about having fun and forgetting about hospitals and treatments for a week. Williams, who has become a distinguished classical guitarist since his departure from baseball and will be bringing instruments for the kids as well as preceding the camp’s parade to honor those who lost their fight against cancer. The coordinators of the camp have been putting on this event for years now, and it has gained a ton of support from the locals who live on Shelter island. In addition to the famed former Yankee there will be many other entertainers popping in to visit with the kids.
The five-time All-Star baseball player was discovered by a professional scout at the young age of 16, which at the time made him ineligible to sign with an MLB team but had shown enough talent to give him the promise of a contract. He was sent to a baseball camp in Connecticut until his 17th birthday in 1991, which is the very day that he signed with the New York Yankees. His entire baseball career went 16 years until his retirement in 2006, and Williams stayed with the Yankees throughout that entire time. He is also a very talented musician and has released two jazz albums in 2003 and 2009.
The four-time World Series champion will be dropping in on Shelter Island’s youth camp next week to meet with many of his young fans and encourage them to have a little more fun than usual.
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