Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

On October 2, 2016, Mark Teixeira took the field for the final time in his MLB career. The 36-year old, who slugged 409 homeruns in his 14-year career, and was an integral member of the Yankees 2009 World Series Championship was in the final season of the 8-year contact. While most fans only know what Teixeira contributed on the diamond for the Rangers, Braves, Angels and Yankees, his impact outside the lines may be more impressive. Following his first all-star season in 2005, Teixeira decided it was time to give back to the community. While a member of the Texas Rangers, the switch-hitting first basemen launched the Mark Teixeira Charitable Fund in 2006, awarding $5,000 scholarships to deserving students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As a member of the Yankees, he granted Make-A-Wish requests and raised money for cancer awareness. However, Teixeira’s biggest contributions have come to the Harlem RBI program. With its mission to provide inner-city kids with opportunities to play, learn and grow, Harlem RBI was the perfect organization for Teixeira to support and continue the work he began in Dallas/Fort Worth.As a member of the organization’s Board of Directors since 2011, Teixeira has led a $22 million capital campaign to strengthen Harlem RBI and the DREAM Charter School. The total, which included one million personally contributed by Mark and his wife, Leigh, to launch the DREAM TEAM 25 Campaign, has allowed thousands of children in East Harlem access to essential youth development programming and a high-quality educational facility Teixeira was the 2015 New York Yankees nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, honoring players who best represent the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. On and off the field, Teixeira had quite a career.