Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward receives his Roberto Clemente Award
|Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 9:01 PM- -|
CHICAGO — On Roberto Clemente Day, Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward Jason Heyward received a plaque commemorating his nomination for the coveted prize. Cubs manager David Ross presented Heyward with the trophy, and the two posed for pictures together at Wrigley Field.
Heyward, who wore Clemente's No. 21 jersey in honor of the special occasion on Wednesday, was recently selected as the Cubs' Roberto Clemente Award nominee. Therefore, the plaque he received was in honor being chosen as the franchise representative and thus being a finalist for MLB's 2020 Roberto Clemente Award, which will be handed out later this year.
A respected teammate and player on the diamond. A generous humanitarian off the field.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 9, 2020
Jason Heyward embodies the legacy of the great Roberto Clemente and is our nominee for the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award.
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Congratulations, J-Hey! pic.twitter.com/nM08SLoZ7t— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) September 10, 2020
The Roberto Clemente Award is presented each season to a major leaguer who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team." Heyward certainly fits the billing of a deserving recipient of the award, as he is very active in the Chicago community with his charitable pursuits.
Read an excerpt from the Cubs' announcement of Heyward's nomination below:
"Since joining the Cubs, Jason Heyward has contributed more than $95,000 to fellow Cubs player foundations and community efforts, demonstrating his commitment to his teammates. In addition, he has donated to multiple community organizations that work with youth and families in under-resourced communities in Chicago. One organization that he has worked closely with is Future Ties, a nonprofit on the South Side of Chicago which supports low-income families through summer and after-school programs and helps parents build life skills, escape domestic violence and mentor young people in the community. Most recently, when the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted low-income communities in Chicago, Jason contributed $300,000 to nonprofit organizations that were addressing the severe inequities across Chicago."