THE BRONX - Students from a New Jersey elementary school visited Yankee Stadium to catch a game and to meet some of their favorite players.

The event was part of the team's annual HOPE Week. HOPE stands for Helping Others Persevere & Excel.

The deserving students earned their trip to Yankee Stadium when they collected food for low-income families in November. The Yankees noticed, and invited the students to the Bronx to help players collect school supplies for children.

"It doesn't matter where you are," said Yankee shortstop Didi Gregorius. "When there's people in need, you always help them out."

And the awestruck children were happy to help the Yankees. "I like the shortstop," said Jack, a third-grader. "So, I was really happy to meet him!"

Players such as Carlos Beltran and Luis Severino also participated in the event.

HOPE Week started in 2009.