Wednesday, September 3, 2008

David Clemente?

NY Mets 3B, David Wright, is nominated for this year's Roberto Clemente Award. The award is presented annually to the player that best demonstrates sportsmanship, community involvement and contribution to one's team.

The award is named after the late Hall Of Famer, Roberto Clemente, who perished in a plane crash on New Years Eve in 1972, delivering food to the people of Nicaragua, who were in dire straits after an earth quake.

What is so amazing is that Wright is much younger than previous winners, such as Carlos DelGado and Craig Biggio.

Wright is the youngest Mets player to ever start a philanthropy, the David Wright Foundation, which he started in 2005. Wright's foundation raises money for charity throughout the New York metropolitan area and his native Norfolk, Va., hosting events such as his "Do the Wright Thing" gala in Manhattan each winter and a bowling event for children every summer.

Fans can participate in the selection process of the overall winner of the award now through Oct. 5. The fan ballot winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by a special selection panel of baseball dignitaries and media members. The panel includes Commissioner Bud Selig and Vera Clemente, widow of the Pirates' Hall of Fame right fielder. The winner will be announced during the World Series.

To learn more about the Roberto Clemente award and David Wright's charity, please click Here

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