This morning six players from the New York Yankees arrived in East Harlem to surprise Olmedini. As part of their annual "Hope Week", the Yankees chose five individual stories to highlight and celebrate. After seeing my work in NYTimes Lens and Metropolitan they decided to honor Olmedini.
As part of the proceedings, Olmedini performed for a group of children at Yankee Stadium and was presented with a check for $10,000 to benefit a charity which helps to train young magicians. Also, the Directors of The Society of American Magicians were on hand to induct him as a member. President Trump honored him with The President's Volunteer Service Award and sent a signed letter to accompany the same.
Pre-game excerpts of an interview with Olmedini were broadcast on stadium screens and then Olmedini was formally introduced and asked to throw the ceremonial first pitch.
It was a truly memorable day in the Bronx!