When New Yorkers saw Brian Cashman, the general manager of the Yankees, sleeping out on the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, they may have been a bit confused. As it turns out, Cashman sacrificed his own comfort for a night and camped out for a good cause.
The GM hit the streets for the annual "Sleep Out" charity function - which is organized by Covenant House, a non-profit that helps homeless youth across the country.
More than 750 executives in 21 cities slept out on the streets to raise money for the charity.
It was not the first time Cashman participated - he has been involved in the last four "Sleep Out" events - but it is clear that it is still a sobering and humbling experience for him.
"I have no idea how any human being possibly can do it for one night, let alone weeks on end," Cashman said. "It's a disaster. There's no way to simplify it. That's why obviously for those who are less fortunate, if we can get people to raise funds here and contribute to Covenant House, they've got programs to put people back on the right track and be a safe harbor."
According to Cashman, more than $1.5 million was raised in New York during the event.
- Josh Sanchez