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Yogi Berra, a former New York Yankee and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, passed away on September 22nd at the age of 90. Known for memorable quotes such as “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” he spent over half a century living in Montclair, New Jersey, becoming deeply involved with local charity work, including the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, located on the Montclair State University campus. For many years, Yogi and his late wife, Carmen, hosted a Celebrity Golf Tournament to raise money for the museum which, in addition to being a sports museum, runs sports-based character and leadership development programs for students, partnering with local high schools and their athletes. The Berras explained that they engaged in charity work so “everyone in America can be what they want to be.”
Before playing professional baseball, an eighteen-year-old Yogi Berra joined the Navy during World War II, eventually serving on a ship supporting the storming of Omaha Beach on D-Day. If you are interested in donating to charity to support our troops in honor of Yogi and his service, please click here to see our article highlighting these organizations.