WASHINGTON -- Clayton Kershaw was selected on Tuesday as the Dodgers' nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet
Tuesday marked the 11th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially recognize local club nominees of the award. Each of baseball's 30 teams named one finalist for the award, which recognizes a player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
The award is named for the achievements and character of Clemente, a 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.
Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011. The charitable foundation focuses on the transformation of at-risk children and communities through the benevolence and impact of others. The foundation's cornerstone charity is Arise Africa, with which the Kershaws partnered to build and sustain Hope's Home, an orphanage for children in Lusaka, Zambia.
The 24-year-old left-hander is 12-9 with a 2.70 ERA and a National League-leading 206 strikeouts. Kershaw is also the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner after leading the league in all three Triple Crown categories in 2011.