View Full Version : Rowand Named Recipent of Clemente Award

09-07-2005, 02:49 PM

Nice to see...

09-07-2005, 03:12 PM

CHICAGO – Aaron Rowand is the White Sox recipient and one of 30 MLB nominees for the 2005 Roberto Clemente Award, which honors the memory of Roberto Clemente and is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work in the community.

"Aaron Rowand is the kind of man you imagine a baseball player to be," said Christine O’Reilly, White Sox senior director of community relations. "He plays with his heart every time he takes the field, and he embraces our fans and our outreach initiatives with the infectious enthusiasm of a class president. He deserves every ounce of success he has achieved, and his outstanding efforts on and off the field only lend further credibility to his role as a treasured member of the White Sox family."

Aaron’s infectious attitude and hard-working nature have made him a favorite among his teammates and fans. Aaron is heavily involved in the White Sox Training Academy, the club’s youth baseball and softball facility, and lends his support to annual White Sox Charities fundraising events, including Picnic in the Park and the Field of Greens Golf Outing. In 2004, Aaron and his wife Marianne volunteered at a Food Drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository and he participated in White Sox Day at Taste of Chicago. This year, Aaron has again become one of the club’s most reliable community ambassadors, participating in a baby blanket donation program at a local hospital, attending the kickoff of the Training Academy summer camps and taping a PSA for Kindervision.

In addition, this year he has lent his support to a partnership between the White Sox and the Boys and Girls Clubs, where he works with Scott Podsednik and Jermaine Dye to support the Keystone and Torch Clubs, which focus on developing character, leadership and life skills in 11- to 18-year olds. The trio visited with club members, signed autographs and treated 250 kids to a White Sox game.

As part of the League-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases, on commemorative home plates and on the official dugout lineup cards. Also, in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the White Sox, along with other Clubs playing at home today, will host an in-stadium collection drive to give fans an opportunity to donate to the Red Cross relief effort. Major League Baseball will match the contributions up to $1 million. Major League Baseball believes it is fitting to devote Roberto Clemente Day to the relief effort, because Clemente, a Hall of Famer and one of the game’s greatest players, gave his life while on a mission to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua in 1972.

One local recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award was selected from each club, and John Hancock Financial Services will donate $2,500 in each of their names to the charity of his choice. Rowand’s donation will benefit the American Red Cross. A panel of dignitaries, including Vera Clemente, wife of the late Hall of Famer, and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, will select the national winner from the 30 local award recipients.

The national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced at a press conference prior to Game Three of the 2005 World Series and will receive a $25,000 donation from John Hancock to the charity of his choice. John Hancock also will make a $30,000 contribution to Roberto Clemente Sports City in Puerto Rico in the name of the national winner.

09-07-2005, 04:39 PM
Nice job, Aaron.
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09-07-2005, 04:42 PM
Nice job, Aaron.
:bandance: :gulp::bandance: :gulp::bandance:

Ill second that awsome, just plain awsome. Great PR too!

09-07-2005, 04:44 PM


09-07-2005, 05:20 PM
Aaron is a class act. Congrats.:gulp:

09-07-2005, 06:40 PM
I know that Rowand's wife teams up with Dye's wife for lots of community activities and charities. Both of these guys are serious class acts. Everything I've heard from other Sox fans who have encountered Aaron at events, signings and in public (in general) have nothing but nice things to say about him as an individual. Way to go, Aaron.

09-08-2005, 02:43 PM
Way to go Aaron, and thanks to WSI for giving me the heads up on it. I don't know if I would have seen or heard about this through the "traditional" media.

09-09-2005, 01:34 PM
WAY TO GO AARON! You deserve it buddy! :gulp: :bandance:

09-09-2005, 02:45 PM
A-ROW......YOU GO!!! :rowand