New York Yankees’ legend Mickey Mantle (left) with teammate Yogi Berra relax in the clubhouse. While the immortal Mantle is known for many record-breaking achievements in baseball, the slugger wanted to be remembered as “a great teammate.” Those words are memorialized on his plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. In the tradition of honoring outstanding teammates, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center along with Investors Bank will present the “Best Teammate Award” to 39 high school student athletes. The athletic director and coaches from each school in New Jersey Super Essex Conference (SEC) are going select their honoree. The young men and women will be honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, May 21. Credits: Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center (YBMLC)
Yogi Berra Museum and Investors Bank Announce High School Best Teammate Award
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • 3:31pm
The legendary Mickey Mantle was remembered for many things – his tape-measure home runs, his larger-than-life stardom, and the emotional pull he had on millions of fans across the country. But there was one thing the New York Yankees’ slugger wanted to be remembered for most: Being “a great teammate.” And those words, indeed, title his plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park.
Being a selfless teammate seldom gets the recognition of being a Most Valuable Player (which Mantle happened to be three times). However, being a consummate teammate, someone who promotes team unity and influences his/her team’s culture in a most positive manner, can be as vital to a team’s well-being as its most talented star.
To honor these unsung contributors, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and Investors Bank will be presenting a Best Teammate Award to 39 high school student-athletes from New Jersey’s Super Essex Conference (SEC) at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
The award is an extension of the partnership between the Museum and Investors, which began three years ago. The Learning Center received funding to develop and present a series of workshops for student-athletes and coaches in the SEC that focus on leadership and character.
In announcing its support of the Best Teammate Award, Investors Bank’s President and CEO Kevin Cummings said, “We are honored to be part of a program that recognizes the young men and women whose character, dedication, and spirit are at the heart of many high school sports team. All of us at Investors are looking forward to meeting the first group of athletes who earn this award for the role they play on their teams and in daily life.”
Each school will select its deserving honoree for Best Teammate, and each will be honored at a special dinner at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on May 21st.