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Turn 2 Holiday Express 2013 - West Michigan

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On Dec. 12, 2013, Derek Jeter helped 250 children from West Michigan celebrate the holidays when he paid them a surprise visit at his Turn 2 Foundation's Annual Holiday Express, hosted by high school students from the Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders program.

The event is intended to reward young people in the Turn 2 Foundation's signature programs who are demonstrating positive behavior, academic excellence and leadership qualities in school and their communities.

"I am extremely proud of everything the Turn 2 Foundation and particularly the children in our programs have accomplished in 2013," Jeter said. "These young people have set a positive example with their academic success, commitment to healthy living and community service. They have exceeded our wildest expectations and deserve an incredible holiday season filled with health and happiness."

The children enjoyed a fun-filled evening, capped off with a surprise visit from Derek, Santa and his elves in the Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders program. Each child received a special holiday gift bag containing items generously donated by the New York Yankees and sponsors of the Turn 2 Foundation. The gift bags were assembled on Nov. 20 by the New York Jeter's Leaders. The Jeter's Leaders are high school students, recognized for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities and community service, who are responsible for delivering a positive message to their peers.

Turn 2 Foundation's programs and activities all share the same goal of helping today's youth become the leaders of tomorrow.

The Turn 2 Foundation, established in 1996, has awarded more than $18 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 and activities all share the same goal of helping today's youth become the leaders of tomorrow!