BRANDON (FOX 13) - Derek Jeter is best known for his hall-of-fame-worthy play on the field, but it may be at the new Derek Jeter Center in Brandon where the former Yankee's work truly changes lives.
”We understand everyone has bumps in the roads and difficult times we want them to know that there are places you can go for support,” Jeter said.
Jeter was on hand to officially dedicate the Derek Jeter Center at the Phoenix House. It's a place for teens struggling to deal with addictions to drugs and alcohol. It's funded by his Turn 2 Foundation.
”Everyone needs a strong supporting class. We try to supply all our kids with the support system that gives them a path to success,” Jeter continued.
The new facility moved from West Waters Avenue. It's nearly double the size of the old one.
Thanks to the foundation, nearly 3,000 kids have seen their lives turn around, including Alex, who was addicted to marijuana at 15 years old.
”The Derek Jeter Center helped me find the strength within myself and they really acted as a support system,” he said.
He's been drug-free going on two years.
”His name demands respect and when I was going through the program, seeing that every day, knowing he was part of it and contributing to the program, was super inspiring,” he continued.
Jeter also made a $150,000 donation to the center Tuesday afternoon.