NEW YORK -- The Phillies announced Wednesday that Jimmy Rollins is their nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes a player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation tries to help children and young adults living with arthritis by providing funds and awareness about the disease. It also supports families struggling financially to help their children to participate in extracurricular activities.
Rollins and his wife, Johari, host an annual celebrity BaseBOWL tournament every summer in Philadelphia. It raised more than $178,000 in August, and nearly $1 million since 2006. The Foundation hosted his first offseason fundraiser in Novemeber 2011 called Havana Nights, which benefits Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania.
"It is a real honor to be the 2012 Phillies' Roberto Clemente Award nominee," Rollins said in a statement. "Just to be considered for this award means so much to me when I think about the man named for it and all he stood for. I hope that the efforts of my Foundation will help continue the tradition of ballplayers giving back to the community for many years to come."