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Mariano Rivera ready to pitch in for NYC’s Cub Scout recruiting effort

Mariano Rivera patchThe greatest closer in baseball history is prepared to help New York Cub Scout packs close the deal on recruiting new members.

Mariano Rivera, after a 19-year career with the New York Yankees, retired with more saves than any other pitcher in history. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer if ever there was one.

But he’s not content to just sit there and count up all 652 of his saves. He’s giving back to the community that supported his incredible career. This fall, he will serve as the “Join Scouting” Spokesperson, exclusively in Greater New York Councils.

That means for boys in the Greater New York Councils, every new Cub Scout and the Cub Scout who recruited him this fall can receive the “I’m with Mo! I joined Cub Scouts” patch seen above.

Though I know there are Mariano Rivera fans across the country, this offer is only for those in the Greater New York Councils.

But what’s good for them is great for Scouting as it shows that high-profile individuals are willing to put their support behind such a meaningful organization for young people.

Once again, we tip our cap to you, Mariano Rivera. You closed out your pro career but opened a new chapter of giving back.


H/T: I first learned of this over on the Scouting Newsroom blog, which got the news from GNYC Scout Executive Ethan Draddy.

7 Comments on Mariano Rivera ready to pitch in for NYC’s Cub Scout recruiting effort

  1. Is Mr. Rivera being compensated for this endorsement, or has he lent his name gratis?

  2. Oh man… I want one of these!!!!

    • Eagle Ray CA // June 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm // Reply

      Perhaps this can be somewhat of a FOS fundraising effort as well, directed towards Scouters

  3. Neil Lupton // June 18, 2014 at 11:42 am // Reply

    As a Red Sox fan, now that he’s no longer an active player, I can totally support every part of this recruiting effort.

  4. Mr. Rivera has done this free of charge by his generosity.

  5. Nate Kidwell // June 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm // Reply

    Glad to see someone like this in support of Scouting. Hope it’ll be a big help with recruitment.

  6. Danny Watt // July 18, 2014 at 6:36 am // Reply

    Great to see one of baseball’s all-time best and classiest participate with Scouting in this way. Same for Navy’s Coach Ken Niumatololo.

    Beyond the playing fields of major sports, we have great leaders and role models in science, business, literature, and the arts (especially here in Red Sox Nation) who might be similarly engaged.

    Good job, Scouting!

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