Retired Yankees Star Helps Renovate New York Church

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th March SportsMariano Rivera
Retired Yankees star Mariano Rivera just picked up another save. The famed relief pitcher has rescued an abandoned church in New Rochelle. His foundation has put about $3 million into the project. The former Presbyterian church was renovated for a Christian Pentecostal congregation headed by Rivera's wife, Clara. At Thursday's ribbon-cutting Rivera called it a privilege to fulfill a dream that God put in their hearts. The church will also provide educational and sports-oriented after-school activities. The 107-year-old grey stone building has been vacant since the 1970s. The city agreed to sell the property for $1 on the promise of rehabilitating it. Rivera he tallied a record 652 saves before retiring last season. The church is just a few miles north of Yankee Stadium.

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