Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Adam Jones was named the Baltimore Orioles 2013 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. 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. Jones 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.
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.
In 2013, Jones and the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation donated $75,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore to allow for a project that would provide a new Learning and Technology Center. He also provided bats and catchers gear to 30 teams in the Baltimore Orioles’ Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. He is also personally supporting a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar, ALANAH GRISHAM, a freshman studying neurobiology at Spelman College from San Diego, CA. Through this grant, Alanah will be supported for four years.
In addition to his financial generosity, Jones has continued his relationship with the Boys and Girls Club, by hosting clinics on the field at Oriole Park in conjunction with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society’s PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) campaign. He also partnered with the Coppin State University women’s softball team to conduct their annual Baltimore City youth baseball and softball clinic for over 300 children.
Each year since arriving in Baltimore Adam has donated $5,000 a year to the OriolesREACH ticket and gameday experience, which hosts thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the Gameday Experience Program where group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles t-shirt, a cap and transportation to and from the game.
On Jackie Robinson Day, Jones hosted over 100 Orioles RBI League players and coaches for a private screening of the movie “42.” Adam met each member of the league that attended and talked to the athletes about what Jackie Robinson meant to him.
Additionally, Adam served as Honorary Chair for the Y’s 2013 Send a Kid to Camp campaign to help raise funds needed to provide a safe, productive summer for children from struggling families throughout Central Maryland. This year’s fundraising topped $238,000, more than doubling last year’s total of $117,000.
Beginning tomorrow on Roberto Clemente Day, 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.
Jones will be recognized as the Orioles’ nominee in a pre-game ceremony on September 24 at Oriole Park.