Price is Rays nominee for Roberto Clemente Award
Rays left-hander David Price is the team's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, a recognition for how much the Cy Young winner does off the field.
Tuesday marks the 12th annual Roberto Clemente Day, established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and officially recognize nominees for the award. Price is one of 30 finalists for the honor, which recognizes the player who best represents the game of baseaball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
From the team release:
The award recognizes Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The 15-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.
"It's important for our organization to have players who consider their off-field accomplishments as important as their on-field accomplishments, said Rays Senior Vice President Mark Fernandez. “David Price embodies that philosophy and his charitable work has inspired his teammates and others in the community."
In 2008, Price started his own charitable foundation, Project One Four to support programs and organizations that provide opportunities for youth to learn life skills in a safe and supportive environment. Project One Four supports programs and charities in the local Tampa Bay area as well as in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2010, Price helped create the Rays Dugout Club and has since recruited several other players to expand the program which is focused on children attending local summer recreation centers. He sponsors two recreation centers in South St. Petersburg each summer and serves as a role model, teaching the kids about staying healthy, positive, involved and smart.