Juan Pierre has been named the White Sox nominee for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. It is named for the 12-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Pierre began his own charitable cause, “Pierre’s Pack,” in 2003, to assist inner-city youths from different non-profit agencies. Six times a year, Pierre provides “Pack” members with transportation, food, drink, t-shirts and a suite to enjoy a White Sox game.
The outfielder also participates with the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and serves as the White Sox RBI Honorary Team Captain, having spent time with and speaking to his teams prior to White Sox home games.
Pierre has participated in teams’ fan festivals throughout his career, including SoxFest in January and Jackie Robinson Luncheon in April. In August, Pierre was part of Chicago’s Bud Billiken Parade and he also attended the Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham “Grand Slam Party,” a fundraiser for Children’s Home + Aid adoption agency. The outfielder also worked at a soup kitchen and participated in the Boys & Girls Club holiday party last December.
Pierre will be honored for the nomination prior to the series finale against Detroit on Wednesday afternoon.
You can vote for Pierre online up until October 9. The winner will be announced during the World Series.