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Archways to Opportunity Graduate Throws First Pitch at Congressional Women’s Softball Game

McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity graduate Yenis Blanco was welcomed to throw out the first pitch at the recent Congressional Women’s Softball Game before Members of Congress and the Washington, D.C. press corps competed in the longstanding softball rivalry.

Blanco, employee manager of a restaurant in Washington, D.C, owned and operated by Ron Gantt was chosen in recognition of her achievements with Archways to Opportunity – McDonald’s comprehensive education program that provides eligible employees at participating U.S. restaurants an opportunity to earn a high school diploma, receive upfront college tuition assistance, access free education advising services and learn English as a second language. Blanco came to her local McDonald’s looking for a first job, but found so much more. She learned English as a second language and earned her high school diploma through the program.

“I am honored to have represented McDonald’s and thrown the first pitch,” said Blanco. “I was inspired to enroll in Archways to Opportunity as I knew the educational opportunities McDonald’s provided would open new doors. To now be part of the Congressional Women's Softball Game – a meaningful event that helps raise funds and awareness for breast cancer – inspires me even more.” 

McDonald’s has been the proud lead sponsor of the event for the last several years. The Congressional Women’s Softball Game benefits Young Survival Coalition, a global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since 2015, nearly 17,000 restaurant employees have enrolled in Archways to Opportunity –participation in the program has also more than doubled [238% increase] in enrollment in the last year.

For more information about McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program please visit
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