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162 NY Yankees Home Run Challenge

Proceeds benefit Work Play Love


Based on 273 home runs, each worth $104.33

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Join The 162 HR Challenge! #162HRchallenge

We are excited to announce the 2018 “162 NY Yankee Home Run Challenge”. We invite you to pledge anywhere from $0.25 - $5.00 per Home Run that the NY Yankees hit this season.

What’s the story?

Yankee fanatics Steve Melia & Marybeth Longona will be attending EVERY NY Yankee game (all 162 + post season) this 2018 season. Yes, Home & Away! Steve embarked upon this journey in 2011 and wrote the book ‘162 The Almost Epic Journey of a Yankees Superfan’. The couple expects that the Yankees will go all the way to the World Series in 2018 and are excited to be there every step of the way.

So why the Home Run Challenge?

All of baseball will be watching the bombers explosive offense, and many fans (especially us SuperFans) believe they will break the all-time HR record of 264! What a great time to team up and raise some money for some great causes.

The proceeds for the “162 HR Challenge” will be divided between 4 charities that are near and dear to our hearts. We will be raising awareness as well as funds as we spotlight each charity and the good that they are doing in the community. Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with your friends, family and fellow fans ‘#162HRchallenge’. You can follow us and our journey at, our podcast: The 162 Experience and on social media ‘#162HRchallenge’.

What if I’m not a Yankee fan?

We won’t hold that against you. :-) We have purposely chosen three national and one international organizations that benefit millions of people that include non-baseball and non-Yankee fans. Even if you’re not a Yankee fan, you can feel good about supporting these great causes and these two crazy fans living out a dream. Either way you win.

Tell me more about the charities involved!

We’d love to! We are excited to announce 4 great charities that we are partnering with: (1) The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (2) Fans for The Cure (3) The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & (4) Work, Play, Love

What’s in it for us fans?

*All pledging fans and those that make one-time donations will be listed on our website, highlighted on social media ‘#162HRchallenge’, and mentioned on ‘The 162 Experience’ podcast plus so much more.

You can donate and be recognized for any of the 4 following denominations:

  • ‘Base Hi****t’ for $0.50/HR ~you will receive: Your name listed on the website, a “shout out” on the podcast, an individual post on our social media platform ‘#162HRchallenge’
  • ‘Double’ for $1/HR ~you will receive: everything previously mentioned + an autographed copy of Steve Melia’s book ‘162 The Almost Epic Journey of a Yankee Super Fan’
  • ‘Triple’ for $2/HR ~you will receive: everything previously mentioned + an autographed copy of Steve Melia’s second book ‘The Last 42’
  • ‘Gland Slam’ for $5/HR ~you will receive: everything previously mentioned + the chance to join The 162 crew and attend a 2018 regular season game (2 tickets) , an invitation to be interviewed on ‘The 162 Experience’ Podcast, (and even more goodies to come)

How will I be charged?

Fans will be asked to pledge a minimum of $0.25 per home run and will be charged monthly. You will have the option to make your pledge retroactive for the entire season if you sign up after opening day. You will also have the option to make a one-time donation, if preferred. Our goal is to raise $162,000 by the end of the season. Can we count on your support?

Is my donation tax deductible?

Absolutely! All of our non-profit partners are 501c3 organizations. All fans that pledge $250 or more will receive a receipt for your donations in January of 2019.


DateNamehome runsEarned
3/29Opening day - April 201841$4,278
5/1May 201846$4,799
6/1June 201844$4,591
7/1July 201837$3,860
8/1August 201853$5,530
9/1Sept 201846$4,799
10/1Post Season 20186$626
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Work Play Love

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WPL teams up with The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Fans for The Cure, & Yankees Univ. w/ Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Contributions made to this campaign are tax-deductible.

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