Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Vote #Bruuuuuce for the Clemente Award


Jay Bruce has been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award by the team, showing he does more than just hit homers and drive in runs for the Reds. Clemente, aside from being a Hall of Fame baseball player, was known for his contributions to humanitarianism and community service, even to the end of his life which was cut short in a 1972 plane accident, as he was flying to Nicaragua to provide aid to earthquake victims.

Read this story from Mark Sheldon on Reds.com for the full details. I'll give you the abridged version.

Jay Bruce, just 24 years old, has already given so much of his time and money and is certainly deserving of this type of recognition. As we have mentioned before, Bruce took the initiative to continue the Aaron's Aces program, which former Reds' Ace Aaron Harang started in order to provide tickets to military families. It was also Bruce's idea to keep Harang's name on the program. He also donates money to give tickets to those with special needs.

Bruce also spends much of his time teaching baseball to young children through different camps and baseball clinics. He also routinely visits children in the hospital, bringing joy to the lives of some of his biggest fans. He is an avid supporter of the Reds Community Fund, and overall is just a great humanitarian.
Visit the official site of the Roberto Clemente Award and vote for Jay Bruce and use the power of the Reds nation to help him win just like you helped Cincinnati win the #HatsOff contest!

Bruce's bio on the official award site:
"Jay Bruce is involved with the Reds Community Fund (RCF), an initiative dedicated to improving the lives of youth through baseball-themed outreach programs. In 2011, he donated $25,000 to start ticket programs dedicated to military families and children, and adults with special needs.

Jay donates time to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, meeting special fans at batting practice and on hospital visits. His baseball camp donates some of the proceeds to charity and provides complimentary spots for kids who do not have the means to pay for the camp. Jay also supports the Texas Children's Hospital, Neediest Kids of All and Life Skills Program offered by West Brook High School in Texas. ASSOCIATED CHARITIES: Reds Community Fund, Make-A-Wish® Foundation"

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