Anthony Rizzo’s charitable contributions and involvement with pediatric cancer patients earned him baseball’s coveted Roberto Clemente Award for 2017. The award, named after the Pirates’ Hall of Fame outfielder, is presented annually to the Major League Baseball player who best represents the game through “extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions” on and off the field. A survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma early in his professional career, Rizzo, 28, created the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to support children battling cancer and their families, as well as to fund cancer research. He was to receive the award Friday night at Minute Maid Park before Game 3 of the Dodgers-Astros World Series. “Obviously with what Roberto did, he kind of set the bar for all athletes, especially baseball players, in all of his charitable work, everything he did giving back,” Rizzo said. “To be a part of this award and (included among) all the past winners, it’s insane to see where our foundation has come from and so humbled to be part of this.” Rizzo is the third Cubs player to receive the award, following Rick Sutcliffe (1987) and Sammy Sosa (1998), and the first from Chicago since White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was a co-winner in 2014.
Anthony Rizzo wins Roberto Clemente award for his charitable work
Chicago Tribune | Oct 27