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Quick Notes: New York Yankees Aaron Judge wins 2023 Roberto Clemente Award
Add another award to the award shelf for New York Yankees Aaron Judge as he wins the 2023 Roberto Clemente Award
Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award recognizes a Major League player who best represents baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, on and off the field.
Judge founded the Aaron Judge ALL RISE Foundation in 2018, focused on inspiring young people to become responsible citizens in the Bronx, San Joaquin County (Calif.), and Fresno County (Calif.) -- communities that are near and dear to his heart.
In 2023, Bridge2College and NYC Autism Charter Schools (NYCACS) both received support from ALL RISE through its mini-grant program, which to date has supported 26 community-based organizations, public and private agencies, and faith-based organizations.
Aaron Judge was quoted as saying: “There’s a lot of awards in this game, but I think all you guys can attest that this is up there at the very top, for sure,” during an interview on MLB Network tonight.
Josiah Gray was nominated for his work in the D.C. community after being acquired by the Nats from the Dodgers in 2021. He has been the official player ambassador to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy since 2022, supporting year-round youth development programs with baseball and softball players.
Since then, Gray has hosted scholar athletes at Nationals Park, delivered the commencement speech for the Academy’s eighth-grade graduation, and coordinated visits with teammates and coaches to the Academy, among other outreach.
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