Sabathia is Clemente nominee for Yanks

CC Sabathia is the Yankees nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Here is the release:

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that CC Sabathia was named the New York Yankees 2011 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Sabathia 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. Tomorrow will mark the tenth 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.

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. It is named for the 12-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 2009, along with his wife Amber, Sabathia officially established his “PitCCh In” foundation, a non-profit organization that supports inner-city youth through the funding and support of academic and athletic programs in both Northern California and New York areas. The foundation is committed to the care and needs of inner-city children while helping to raise self-esteem through sports activities and education.

Besides running baseball clinics, participating in school visits and hosting various charity events, Sabathia and “PitCCh In” often make efforts to give students a needed boost in their academic careers. Earlier this month, the foundation helped young children get a head start on the school year by donating backpacks filled with school supplies to 1,700 New York-area students at P.S. 106 Parkchester in the Bronx. Every June, the Nathan Berhel Scholarship award, named in honor of Sabathia’s cousin and childhood friend who passed away in 2004, is given to Vallejo High School students who excel in the classroom and are part of athletic teams.

The Yankees will recognize Sabathia’s nomination for this year’s Clemente Award with an on-field ceremony scheduled to take place prior to their 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, September 22.