By Paul Roumeliotis
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been named a nominee for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award.
This award is given to a player who is involved on and off the baseball field demonstrating sportsmanship and community involvement. The award was named after Clemente after he was killed in a plane crash while delivering care packages to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Last year, Rizzo created a nonprofit organization called the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to provide support to children with cancer and their families battling the disease. As a cancer survivor himself, Rizzo spends a lot of time raising money for his organization.
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Along with the foundation, he makes monthly visits at Lurie Children’s Hospital to connect with patients who are going through something he's already experienced. His visits have helped him establish strong relationships between the patients and their families.
“In his two seasons with the team, Anthony has made a tremendous, selfless impact in the community and with his teammates,” said Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer. “We urge all baseball fans to recognize him as the 2013 national Roberto Clemente Award recipient.”
Before the game on Sept. 23 at Wrigley Field, Rizzo will earn his recognition and also presented with a $7,500 check that will go towards his foundation.