Mariano Rivera on His Foundation, Retirement and the Yankees – WWD

Mariano Rivera goes for his 653rd save — and he plans for this to be his greatest. It’ll even be the first off the baseball subject.

The former New York Yankees pitching nice mentioned he acquired many blessings in his life and 19-year skilled profession, together with being the face of Canali in 2010, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom and being the first participant to be elected unanimously to the Baseball Hall of Fame — each this yr —  however he’s now extra targeted on giving again.

“I received a blessing and I’m doing everything within my power to give back to my community and to others,” Rivera mentioned Thursday evening at an occasion at the Canali Madison Avenue retailer. “It’s not about me, it’s about others.”

Since the starting of his baseball profession, Rivera would give his endorsement cash in addition to earnings from numerous reveals, autograph signings, an Acura marketing campaign and his e-book “The Closer” from 2014 to charities. He would additionally give again by way of his basis, The Mariano Rivera Foundation, which he began in 1998 to assist kids full their schooling however later expanded to incorporate group service, church buildings and catastrophe reduction.

“When things happen, we jump and help, but this year we’ve taken the challenge to build a learning center in New Rochelle,” he mentioned. The resolution got here following a tragic occasion between two college students at the Westchester, N.Y., faculty the place one was stabbed and killed and the different was sentenced to 16 years in jail at simply 16 years outdated.

“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Riviera mentioned. “I thought we have to do something for the boys and girls that are less fortunate, so that’s what we’re going to build. A place where they can come in and do their homework and be safe. That’s the challenge we’re taking this year.”

Rivera was the cohost of an occasion with Canali to rejoice his storied profession and latest achievements. He met the Canali household by way of a buddy and he “fell in love” with the enterprise.

“It’s special,” he mentioned, “but at the same time [I love] how humble the family is, and how they represent the brand. You grow as a family and enjoy what you do as a family and if you struggle, you struggle as a family. If you’ve been successful, you’re successful as a family, and they’ve helped me get back to what I love, and that’s the community.”

Rivera retired from baseball in 2013 and admitted: “I’ve been busy so I don’t know if I can call it retirement.” He nonetheless watches the Yankees compete, even now in the American League Championship Series, the place they path the Houston Astros three video games to 1. Although his former crew’s probabilities appear slim this yr, Rivera nonetheless remembers his favourite on-field second: besting the Boston Red Sox in recreation seven of the 2003 ALCS.

Still the service-minded “Sandman” doesn’t see himself coming into the dugout to be a supervisor, at the very least not proper now.

“I don’t want to be because I want to be with my family,” he mentioned. “I spent a lot of time away from my family so maybe later on as a special coach or special adviser where I can teach the boys in the minor leagues, spend time with the Major Leaguers, somewhere I can feel my knowledge and my abilities are going to be great for those coming up. My goal right now is the learning center and taking that to Chicago, the Bronx, Los Angeles, Philadelphia — places where they need it.”


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