Curtis Granderson nominated for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award
Curtis Granderson has been nominated for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award, the Mets and Major League Baseball announced on Monday.
Granderson is one of 30 finalists for the award. Each team receives one nominee for the award which recognizes a player who best represents the game through positive contributions both on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
Granderson founded the Grand Kids Foundation in 2007 in an effort to inspire and encourage positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition.
He hosts numerous events in New York, Detroit and Chicago benefitting his foundation. He donated $5 million of his own money to the Curtis Granderson Stadium at UIC to develop the facility to support inner city youth.
Granderson will be recognized for the nomination in an on-field ceremony on Wednesday at Citi Field.
Fans can vote for Granderson to win the Roberto Clemente Award beginning on Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, September 16 at ChevyBaseball.com.
The concept of honoring players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award,” but was renamed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.