Thursday, January 12, 2012

Good Guy Kershaw Named Sportsman of the Year

Kershaw ain't faking it. He's got kindness seeping out of those pores. Underneath that bushy hairdo and menacing fastball is a heart of gold. In recognition, Clayton has been named the 2011 Sportsman of the Year by LA Sports Council. Here is a bit from a press release:
The Sportsman award is given to the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year.

In just his fourth Major League season, Kershaw emerged as one of the game's most dominant pitchers. The 23-year-old All-Star led the Majors with a 2.28 ERA, tied for the National League lead with 21 wins and ranked first in the league with 248 strikeouts en route to winning league's top individual pitching award.

The Texas native was also the Dodgers' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award in recognition of his charitable endeavors off the field. Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, just returned from their second trip to Zambia and this past season started the Kershaw's Challenge program to donate $100 for each of his league-leading 248 strikeouts to Arise Africa, an organization that helps to build orphanages in the African nation. The couple recently released a book, Arise, about their life and charity work together in Africa.
In his honor, I made this.Am I doing this right?

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