Clayton Kershaw receives some well deserved recognition for his good works. Today, the Dodgers named him the Dodgers nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award. Per a press release:
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Clayton Kershaw was named the Dodgers' 2012 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Today marks the eleventh annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Kershaw is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.Go here for a link to the awards website.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The Award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
As you know Clayton and his wife Ellen started Kershaw's Challenge- a foundation which believes in the transformation of at-risk children and communities through the benevolence and impact of others. He has donated $100 for every strike out, co-wrote a book with Ellen called Arise: Live Out your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself, helped build an orphanage for children in Lusaka, Zambia, and hosted Clayton’s Texas BBQ and Hoedown.
I am sure the recognition of his efforts is appreciated, but probably unnecessary. He and his wife strike me as the kind of couple who do this because they are driven to. Nevertheless, good luck. I can't think of a more worthy candidate.
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