Hope Week Day 5: Mark Bustos (Be Awesome to Somebody)

Earlier today, on the fifth day of HOPE Week 2018, the Yankees recognized Mark Bustos (BOOST-ohse), founder of Be Awesome to Somebody. Yankees players Miguel AndújarAroldis ChapmanDomingo GermánGary SánchezGleyber TorresRonald Torreyes and catching coach Jason Brown joined Mark and three of his co-workers at the Harlem YMCA, where they gave haircuts to over a dozen residents of the YMCA. Mark also threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight’s Yankees-Rays game at Yankee Stadium.


ABOUT TODAY’S HOPE WEEK HONOREE (Mark Bustos, founder of Be Awesome to Someboday):

For the last six years, the Manhattan-based hairdresser Mark Bustos has set aside his Sunday afternoons to give haircuts to members of New York City’s homeless community.  Once a week, rain or shine, the 34-year-old packs his clippers, scissors and a smile, ventures out in Manhattan, and tries to leave a positive impact on as many people as he can. Bustos was first exposed to the reality of poverty during a childhood visit to see family in the Philippines. On a return visit to the island in 2012, he rented a barber’s chair for the day and provided free haircuts to as many impoverished children as he could find.  Encouraged by that enlightening experience in the Philippines, he vowed to continue making a difference once he returned home to New York, and brought the concept with him. Mark now travels the globe to give talks about how he balances his time between his hairstyling career and his volunteering efforts, inspiring others along the way. On every trip, no matter where in the world he is, he always finds time to go out and find people to whom to give haircuts.

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