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Ivan Nova plays basketball with members of the (Credit: James Escher)

Ivan Nova plays basketball with members of the Rockaway Special Athletes during a visit to St. Rose of Lima School as part of the Yankees' HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

Yankees' HOPE Week 2013

The Yankees kicked off their HOPE Week by playing games with Rockaway Special Athletes on Monday. The athletes and their families were later guests at the Yankees' game against the Kansas City Royals.

Yankees pitcher Preston Claiborne plays kickball during a
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Yankees pitcher Preston Claiborne plays kickball during a visit with Rockaway Special Athletes at St. Rose of Lima School as part of the Yankees' HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

Ivan Nova plays basketball with members of the
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Ivan Nova plays basketball with members of the Rockaway Special Athletes during a visit to St. Rose of Lima School as part of the Yankees' HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

Yankees pitcher Adam Warren signs the back of
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Yankees pitcher Adam Warren signs the back of a shirt for Tyrei Duncan, 21, during a visit with Rockaway Special Athletes at St. Rose of Lima School as part of the Yankees' HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

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Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova and members of Rockaway
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Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova and members of Rockaway Special Athletes wave for the cameras during a visit Yankees' players made to St. Rose of Lima School as part of HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

Yankees third baseman David Adams greets Rockaway Special
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Yankees third baseman David Adams greets Rockaway Special Athletes during a vist he and five of his teammates made to St. Rose of Lima School as part of HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

Yankees shortstop Alberto Gonzalez greets Rockaway Special Athletes
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Yankees shortstop Alberto Gonzalez greets Rockaway Special Athletes during a vist he and five of his teammates made to St. Rose of Lima School as part of HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

Rockaway Beach, NY - July 8, 2013: New
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Rockaway Beach, NY - July 8, 2013: New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova spend time with Rockaway Special Athletes during a vist he and five of his teammates made to the group at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Academy. (Photo by James Escher)

Yankees pitcher Adam Warren plays wiffleball during a
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Yankees pitcher Adam Warren plays wiffleball during a visit he and five of his teammates made to St. Rose of Lima School to spend time with Rockaway Special Athletes as part of HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

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From left, Yankees players Adam Warren, Alberto Gonzalez,
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From left, Yankees players Adam Warren, Alberto Gonzalez, Preston Claiborne, Zolio Almonte and David Adams. pose for a group picture during a visit they made to St. Rose of Lima School to spend time with Rockaway Special Athletes as part of HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova, right, poses for pictures
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Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova, right, poses for pictures as he and teammates, from left, pitcher Adam Warren, outfielder Zoilo Almonte and shortstop Alberto Gonzalez spend time with Rockaway Special Athletes at St. Rose of Lima School as part of the team's HOPE Week. (July 8, 2013)

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