For an impressive fourth consecutive year, the Texas Rangers’ Michael Young has been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the Major League ballplayer who, per the team’s official website, “best represents the sport through contributions on and off the field, highlighting community involvement and sportsmanship.”
Young has been involved in numerous charitable works since arriving in Texas in 2000. In 2011, Young and his wife Cristina founded the Michael Young Family Foundation, which focuses on children’s physical, mental and emotional health. In addition to that, back in 2006, Young began the Young Heroes Scholarship Program. Four years later, in 2010, he established the Michael Young Family Hispanic Scholarship Program.
"I think that we owe it to the community to give back," said Young. "I am honored to be recognized as the Texas Rangers Roberto Clemente nominee and equally honored to be named as a finalist for the league-wide honor.
"We hope to make our involvement in the community grow even more in the future through the work of various community organizations we support and the Michael Young Family Foundation."
Fans can vote for Young at MLB.com/ClementeAward between now and October 14, and--BONUS INCENTIVE--when you cast your vote, you’re automatically registered for a trip to the 2012 World Series.