Daniel Fratto, like many, was a New York Yankees fan. He was 19-years-old and attended SUNY Rockland – he was studying graphic design. But, there was more to this young man that many never knew.
For many years, Fratto battled extreme physical challenges due to immune deficiency syndrome. While that may stop some, it never stopped him.
Since 2009, the New York Yankees have hosted a HOPE (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) Week. During the five-day celebration, the Yankees recognize an individual, family or organization worthy of their support. In 2010, they honored Daniel. The honor came as a member of “Beautiful People”, an Orange County, N.Y. organization that unites children with disabilities and the community through adaptive sports programs.
Daniel’s special day culminated on August 19, 2010 at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees were playing host to the Detroit Tigers. Fratto was given the honor of being the public address announcer for a half-inning, even announcing Derek Jeter’s name prior to an at-bat. He also handled the PA duties following the game when participants from Beautiful People played a game on the field with the Yankees. He performed his duties sitting next to Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden.
Daniel passed on December 23rd. The Good in Sports sends our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. We also salute Daniel for his ambition, will to be the best and succeed in all aspects of life.
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