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Sharlee Jeter, Derek’s Sister: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Sharlee Jeter is not only Derek Jeter’s younger sister, but his best friend and the mother of his beloved nephew Jalen.

Here’s what you need to know about her:


1. She’s the President of Derek’s Turn 2 Foundation

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Derek and his father Charles founded the Turn 2 Foundation in order to encourage younger people to stay away from drugs and alcohol and to pursue healthy living. Derek was able to start the foundation up by 1996 when his career began prospering.

When Sharlee was 18, she started dedicating her time to the cause and was put on the Board of Directors. When she went away to college, she continued to work there during her breaks and eventually joined the organization full time after she graduated. She became the program director and opened opened up projects for less fortunate youth in rough areas like the Bronx and continues to work around the New York City area today where she lives with her son. She became an invaluable asset to the organization and worked her way up to President by pushing for projects that would expand the foundation and made it extremely successful.

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2. She Has a 2-Year-Old Son

Jalen Jeter was born in 2012, although it is unpublicized when he was born exactly. He is 2 years old.

Derek Jeter serves as a father figure to Jalen and is constantly seen playing with his nephew.


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3. She Was Engaged Once

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Sharlee Jeter used to date rapper Skyzoo before their split in 2010 when the couple called off their wedding. Despite popular belief, Jalen is not Skyzoo’s son and no sources have information as to who the father is. Sharlee and Skyzoo stopped seeing each other after the split in 2010.


4. She Was a Softball Star in High School

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Sharlee and Derek grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended Kalamazoo Central High School where Sharlee and Derek both excelled on the ball field. They had always been close since they were kids.

Their father Charles played shortstop for Fisk University in Tennessee too.

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5. She Had Hodgkin’s Disease

In November of 2000, Sharlee was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease. The disease is a type of lymphoma or cancer that originates in the white blood cells and requires radiation as a cure. Derek didn’t tell anyone until she was cured of the disease.

He told Yankees manager Joe Torre in 2001 why he eventually revealed the news, saying:

now it’s a success story.”


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