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MASTERSON Nominated for Clemente Award

Sep.20, 2013 : Roberto Clemente was a role model for excellence on the baseball diamond, but he might now be best known for his charitable works off of it; a legacy that lives on through the MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award.

Each MLB team nominates a player to be recognized as a reflection of the generous life of Roberto Clemente. Cleveland’s Justin Masterson is the Indians’ 2013 nominee, reflecting his continued support to the Cleveland community and beyond.

Locally, Justin is affiliated with the Cleveland Indians Charities. Internationally, he works with organizations Bright Hope, which brings hope to those living on less than $1 a day; One Child Matters, a child sponsorship organization helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children in poverty-stricken areas of the world; and Not For Sale, which fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery around the world.

Reflecting on the nomination–his second–Justin paraphrases a passage from Luke 12:48: ”to whom much is given, much is required, and I am just trying to work that task. I feel like what I do is nothing compared to what a lot of people can do or should do in this life.”

That’s not just a slogan for Justin; his charitable work includes more than just financial giving. He’s traveled to the Dominican Republic extensively and will soon add Kenya to that list.

Whether it’s a Tyson Food Distribution event in Cleveland, spending time with women at a local women’s shelter, or spending some quality time with orphaned children across the world, Justin and his wife Meryl give the much that is required — and more.

To vote for Justin to be the 2013 Chevrolet Roberto Clemente award recipient, take a minute of your time and go online to chevybaseball.com and cast your vote. Not only can you help Justin win a $30,000 grant to a charity of choice, but you’ll also be eligible to win a trip for four to the World Series!

MASTERSON Award Nomination from Meryls Cookies on Vimeo.

Video by Nick Owens – Cleveland Indians – Aug 23, 2013

Photo by Matt Zappasodi – Aug 23, 2013

Article by Rick Dardenne – Sep 20, 2013

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