Programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami are set to expand, thanks to a pre-game announcement Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
A $1 million donation, from the MLB Urban Youth Foundation, was presented on the field by slugger Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Tony Petitti to Alex Rodriguez-Roig, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, and long-time club board member James Bernhardt. As a child, the Yankees star attended the Boys & Girls Club’s baseball program at its Coconut Grove facility and credits the club with much of his success.
The donation was part of a $3.5 million settlement between the Yankees and A-Rod, as he is commonly known, over a marketing payment deal. Originally Rodriguez was to receive $6 million each for up to give milestone accomplishments in exchange for marketing rights. The first was tied to A-Rod’s 660th home run, tying Willie Mays’ record. But after A-Rod’s one-year suspension in 2014 for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal, the Yankees declined to pay the bonus, saying Rodriguez’s marketing value had dropped to naught.
The team and A-Rod later reached a deal that gave $3.5 million to charitable groups, saving the team both cash and taxes, and gave the slugger the home run ball from his 3000th hit.
During the season, Rodriguez’s realationship with the Yankees and MLB has warmed. Earlier this month, A-Rod’s mother and two daughters, who live in Miami, were on the field at Yankee Stadium when team officials awarded Rodriguez a Waterford vase and gold-and-diamond ring commemorating his 3000th hit. Daughters Ella and Natasha received matching pendants.
This article was supplemented by information from the Associated Press.