On Saturday two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in Brooklyn. George Steinbrenner was the owner of the New York Yankees up until his death in 2010 and in 1982 he established the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation.
The foundation finances the education of the children of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees who have died in action.
According to a report in the NY Daily News;
For 32 years, Steinbrenner's Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has provided for the education of the children of New York City police officers, firemen and Port Authority employees who died in the line of duty, and will do so for the family of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, gunned down by a cold-blooded killer Saturday along with his partner, Wenjian Liu.
Steinbrenner started the foundation after seeing a news report of four children standing beside their mother and folding an American flag at the funeral of their father, an NYPD officer who had been killed in the line of duty.
The fund will be used to pay for the continued education of Ramos' two sons. Liu, who joined the NYPD two years ago, was childless.