ROBERTO CLEMENTE DAY
Roberto Clemente Day was established by Major League Baseball to honor the life and legacy of Pirates great, 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 year, teams across the league honor his memory by giving back to their communities.
CLEMENTE DAY OF SERVICE
In the spirit of Clemente's community service legacy, Pirates front office staff came together on Clemente Day, Thursday, September 15, to give their time to a variety of purposeful service projects supporting the Pittsburgh community. Each of the four Pirates Charities pillars, youth baseball softball, cancer support, military appreciation, and mental health, were represented with a project, in addition to a fifth project supporting Pittsburgh's Latino Community Center in honor of the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Pirates staff members started the day by taking part in two improvement projects. The first was a local baseball field located within Olympia Park in Mt. Washington in support of Youth Baseball and Softball. In the second project, in an effort to raise mental health awareness, Pirates staffers painted a Clemente Mural in the Teen Room at Boys & Girls Clubhouse in Lawrenceville.
Meanwhile, at PNC Park, employees created boxes of cheer for pediatric cancer patients in partnership with Jared Box and later delivered boxes to Allegheny Health Network Hospitals around Pittsburgh. Care packages were also assembled for recovering veterans at the Friends of Fisher House, an organization and program that is a "home away from home" for the families of Veterans and active duty military who are hospitalized.
Additionally, set to coincide with the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, Pirates staff shopped for groceries, toys, and games and delivered the items to Pittsburgh's Latino Community Center to help replenish the center's food pantry and provide toys and activities for the early childhood room.
Since 1971, the Roberto Clemente Award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Every year, each MLB Club nominates a player to be considered for the Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2022 Clemente Award Nominee is none other than the proud Pittsburgh local, David Bednar. Bednar has showed exemplary commitment to his city of Pittsburgh through efforts such as donating equipment to his very own elementary school in Mars, coaching miracle league athletes at the Miracle League Fantasy Camp, hosting pediatric cancer patients for unique experiences at the ballpark, and more.