Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher will be honored at this year’s Thurman Munson Awards dinner, acknowledging excellence in competition and philanthropic work within the community.
Swisher was announced on Tuesday as part of a group of five sports personalities who will be presented with the Thurman Munson Award on Feb. 1 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York, celebrating the 31st anniversary of the event.
Also to be honored are former All-Star catcher Mike Piazza, current Mets outfielder Angel Pagan, Nets all-star guard Devin Harris and Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Evan Lysacek.
The AHRC New York City Foundation benefits from the gala, which remembers Munson, the late, great Yankees catcher and captain who tragically perished in a 1979 plane crash.
Diana Munson, Thurman’s widow, has been involved in the benefit since its inception, raising nearly $10 million to assist children and adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Of Swisher, Diana Munson said: “I love the way he plays, I love his enthusiasm. Most importantly, he respects the history of baseball and the Yankees. On Old Timers’ Day, he was out there getting autographs and taking pictures. He’s not embarrassed by his love of the game, and respects the players. Plus, he’s cute.”
The AHRC New York City Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports programs enabling children and adults with developmental disabilities to lead richer, more productive lives, including programs of AHRC New York City.
For tickets and information on the Munson Awards Dinner, contact (212) 249-6188.