The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character.
Goldschmidt is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award and will be recognized before the game on Saturday. Since his MLB debut in 2011, Paul and his wife Amy have supported the children at Phoenix Children's Hospital where they serve as registered volunteers, completing the required certification that allows them to volunteer regularly, rather than just making appearances as a player. Paul's impact on the patients lasts far longer than the time he is at the hospital. He frequently stays in contact with patients, checks on their progress, invites them to games and hosts pre-game visits.
In 2014, Paul and Amy, along with the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, launched Goldy's Fund For Kids - a charitable fund that supports projects at PCH, including the annual D-backs birthday party to celebrate with those kids who are spending their birthdays in the hospital. In 2015, Paul and Amy chaired the first-ever Champs for Children event, which raised money for the hospital and celebrated Phoenix Children's Hospital patients who embody the spirit of a champion. Most recently, Paul and Amy have been named honorary chairs for the capital campaign to raise funds for the building of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
In addition to his commitment to Phoenix Children's Hospital, Paul has been a generous supporter of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation attending and supporting events such as Evening on the Diamond and the D-backs Celebrity Golf Classic. He also looks for opportunities to introduce younger players to philanthropy, in hopes of connecting them to causes and instilling in them the importance of community.
Currently, fans can participate in the process of selecting the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on social media for the first time by posting voting hashtags to Twitter and Facebook. D-backs fans can vote for Goldschmidt by using #VoteGoldy.
The concept of honoring Major League 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.
Wednesday, September 7th marks the fifteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. The D-backs will celebrate Roberto Clemente Day this Saturday, Sept. 10 and as part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.