The New York Mets, Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that David Wright was named the club’s 2013 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.
Wright 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.
Wright, the fourth Mets captain in franchise history and seven-time All-Star, has established himself as a leader both on and off the field. He launched the David Wright Foundation in 2005 to provide aid and assistance toward the health, emotional development and education for children in need in New York City and his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. The foundation has expanded its scope to support United States Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots, the Police Athletic League and the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association – a tribute to his police officer father – and provide a scholarship to Virginia Tech’s School of Engineering to honor the victims of the 2007 deadly campus shooting. Wright also regularly hosts children from Make-A-Wish Foundation at Citi Field.
For the past nine years, David has made annual visits to a firehouse on or around the anniversary of September 11 to offer his support to New York’s bravest men and women.
Wright has pitched in to help New Yorkers after Superstorm Sandy, donating $250,000 through his foundation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and launching The Wright Thing this season to honor and recognize volunteers who made an extraordinary impact on the lives of individuals and organizations impacted by the storm.
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 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.
Tomorrow marks the 12th 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.
Beginning tomorrow, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recipient by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Sunday, October 6th and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel.