NY Yankees foundation to pay for slain officer’s kids’ college

The New York Yankees foundation has stepped up to the plate to help pay for the education of the boys who lost their dad Saturday.

It’s in the darkest times that a beacon of light shines brightest.

Nowhere is that light more needed than in New York City where two police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were senselessly murdered by a cowardly mad man motivated by revenge.

While Liu was a newlywed with no children, Ramos left behind two sons, Jaden, 13, and another in college.

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The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation, started by former team owner the late George Steinbrenner and former Olympian the late Jim Fuchs, is picking up the tab and paying for both of Officer Ramos’ children’s educations, the New York Daily News reported.

The foundation’s website details what they do for the children of police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty.

We set aside an education fund for each surviving child to assist with tuition payments for prep school, college and university undergraduate and graduate school, vocational and technical school, and tutoring services…We send payments directly to the schools and tutors, and we maintain contact with the families to follow the children’s education.

The foundation was started in 1982 after Mr. Steinbrenner attended the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer and watched as a folded American flag was presented to the officer’s wife and children, according to the website.

According to the Daily News the foundation is currently run by Fuch’s daughter, Casey.

To contribute to the Silver Shield Foundation visit http://www.silvershieldfoundation.org/contact.html.

Carmine Sabia

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