He might not have had the nicest reputation in the world but George Steinbrenner had it in his heart to fund Michelle Kwan’s early skating career.
Kwan still has the “wicked cool” Yankees jacket Steinbrenner sent in response to her thank-you letter for his $10,000 contribution to her funding in the fall of 1993.
“He was like an angel to come and help us,” Kwan said Tuesday. “He supported a 13-year-old who at that point wasn’t anybody.”
Kwan was among many U.S. Olympians for whom Steinbrenner, a two-term U.S. Olympic Committee vice president, quietly provided financial help or a job.