The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Clayton Kershaw was chosen as the team nominee to receive the Roberto Clemente Award given to a player who "best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement."
The award is given to the MLB player who shows an understanding of how it important it is to help others, and it was named after Clemente, a 15-time MLB All-Star who died in a plane crash en route to help earthquake victims in 1972.
Kershaw, who is 12-9 with a 2.70 ERA this season, is extremely involved in charity work with his wife. The two started Kershaw's Challenge, which helps at-risk children. They have put forth efforts in raising money to help an orphanage in Zambia, and have also co-authored a book in addition to their work in baseball clinics during the offseason.
The honor for the Dodgers' pitcher comes right after he became a nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.