Derek Jeter Goes the Extra Mile for Teens Dealing With Substance Abuse

It’s been three years since Derek Jeter announced his retirement from the New York Yankees after 20 seasons. Now, the baseball star is dedicating more time to charitable acts. On Tuesday, he unveiled the expansion of the rehabilitation center Phoenix House with the Derek Jeter Center, which will focus on the treatment of substance abuse for teens.

The Derek Jeter Center is funded by the athlete’s Turn 2 Foundation, which he founded in 1996. The new facility is located now in Brandon, Florida—moving from it’s previous location on West Waters Avenue. The move assures more room for adolescents doubling the size of the old facility.

“As a foundation that is rooted in motivating young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and make positive, healthy decisions, we are proud to support Phoenix House and its life-changing work of providing substance abuse treatment to teens,” said Jeter at the dedication of the renovation.

The All-Star shortstop, with his sister Sharlee Jeter—who is president of the Turn 2 Foundation—present also donated $150,000 to the center during the ribbon cutting and presented a $4,000 scholarship to Alex Hinderscheid. Hinderscheid entered the Phoenix House by court order after being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. He is now graduating from high cool and heading to the University of Central Florida to become a nurse practitioner.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/chica/derek-jeter-center-treats-teens-with-substance-abuse/

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