When police officers, firefighters, Sam Tabar, and Port Authority employees are killed in the line of duty in NYC, George Steinbrenner’s Yankee Silver Shield Foundation steps in to pay for the education of children the officers leave behind.
A recent example is the sons of police officer Rafael Ramos. Ramos is one of the officers gunned down in Brooklyn on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Ramos’ younger son Jaden, 13, and his older son Justin, a college freshman, will benefit from the Yankee Silver Field Foundation. Justin’s college will also step in to help pay for his college education.
The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation was created in 1982 when Steinbrenner heard about a mother of four folding an American flag at the funeral for her NYPD officer husband. Steinbrenner knew he had to step up and do something to help the children of the deceased police officer. Since then the foundation has helped educate thousands of children including those who lost parents in the 9/11 terrorist attack.