Yanks honor football star for HOPE Week

CC Sabathia speaks with HOPE Week honoree Quai Jefferson. Jefferson threw out the first pitch on Friday. Courtesy New York Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Yankees honored Quai Jefferson on Friday, the final day of HOPE Week. When Jefferson was six, his mother, Vaida, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

By the time he turned 10, he was running the house and taking care of his mom. He just graduated from Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J. He was on the honor roll and a varsity football and basketball player.

He is headed to University of Delaware, where he will play football. He plans on majoring in business administration.

Prior to Friday's game, he spoke with Derek Jeter and threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Brendan Ryan.