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For the second consecutive year, Cy Young Award winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been selected as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ nominee for the annual Roberto Clemente Award. That’s the annual honor for players committed to giving back to their communities.

 

Kershaw pitching for the Dodgers.

According to a news release obtained by the ASSIST News Service, commended for his work on behalf of children in Africa and two North American cities, Kershaw is included in the field of 30 candidates.

Fans can vote for Kershaw at www.mlb.com/clementeaward through Oct. 14. Everyone who votes will be eligible to win tickets to the 2012 World Series.

The news release said for each batter Kershaw strikes out during the season, he and his wife, Ellen, give back $100 to Kershaw’s Challenge (www.kershawschallenge.org). They challenge others to give in a like manner. In August, they also hosted a charity event at Dodger Stadium that raised $75,0000.

A portion of the money goes to Arise Africa (www.ariseafrica.org)to help build and support an Orphanage in Zambia. Kershaw’s Challenge also supports Mercy Street Ministries in Dallas and the Peacock Foundation in Los Angeles.

Earlier this year, the news release said, the Kershaws released Arise, a book that in part chronicles their work in Zambia. Each each year, during the off-season, they visit the work in Zambia.

The news release said that the award, sponsored by Chevrolet, is named after major league baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, who died in an airplane accident in 1972. He was on the way to bring relief supplies to earthquake-torn Nicaragua.

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