Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Former Broadcaster & Professional Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente, Jr. is a universally respected philanthropist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, producer, former broadcaster, and professional baseball player. Roberto’s father, Roberto Clemente Sr. was the first Latin American player to compile 3,000 hits in MLB history and the first Latino to enter into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Roberto Sr. used his platform and immense athletic gift to serve others and devote his short life to helping make the world a better place, something Roberto Jr. has duplicated and taken very seriously. Roberto Jr. utilizes his experiences not only as an Afro-Latino but beyond to leverage his platform to help thousands of others on an intensely diverse array of subjects and today’s challenges. Read More >
On His Father’s Death | CBS
My Father’s Legacy & My Own
Sport and Global Humanitarianism
Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero | MLB
Roberto recalls the moment the flight bringing his father home from the 1971 World Series victory and voted MVP touched ground. There was a loud eruption of the 100,000 people waiting to rush the plane to welcome the man who at the pinnacle of his career, and he spoke to them in their native language on national television, galvanizing the global Latino community. Read More >
Sit tight for an unexpected account of the loss of his father and his innocence taken away two months later. Roberto shares the horrific events entangled in a story of powerful moments in life, such as meeting every president of the US since Jimmy Carter. The end of his father’s life was the beginning of an amazing journey that will touch every hot topic in our current society.
Roberto’s personal accounts bring light to the situations we are all talking about today. He brings a fresh voice to the conversation. He is bringing painful truths about his life and society with humility, empathy and understanding of the many different industries and communities he has been a part of. Roberto believes that he has been chosen to go through this spectacular journey and share it with the world to provide motivation and inspiration in every aspect of our lives. Read Less ^
"I want to thank you for speaking at the 2013 Hancock Symposium at Westminster College. Your excellent lecture on 'Sport and Global Humanitarianism: Roberto Clemente and His Global Impact in Our Time' impressed our students, faculty, staff, and local community members. Your presentation was both timely and timeless. Thank you for encouraging us to think critically about the relationship between sports and humanitarianism in society. At Westminster College, we place a premium on interactive learning. I appreciate your willingness to engage our students and campus community in substantive conversations about the role of sports in American culture. I have no doubt that our students will see the world differently as a result of their interaction with you, and that is the purpose of a liberal arts education. You contributed directly to our mission of developing leaders in a global community."
“Roberto Clemente, Jr captivated our audience with his courage, heart, and raw emotions sharing what it was like – in his words – ‘growing up as a grieving child of a legendary sports icon.’ He spent time with every child and guest that wanted to meet him exchanging memories about his dad and listening to each individual’s personal story. Roberto did it with class and love, making it a memorable experience for all who met him. You can feel his passion for helping children, teens, and families find the support they need when going through their grief journeys. Roberto is a remarkable speaker sharing stories about his father, his experience as an athlete, and carrying on his parents’ giving spirit – reminding us that we all have it within ourselves to make a difference in this world.”
"Roberto Clemente Jr. has a natural ability to share his story and encourage others to embrace service as a way of life. In all of his roles, Mr. Clemente Jr. has lived a life of service by encouraging the youth of Puerto Rico, Pittsburgh and abroad to pursue service through sports. He continues to follow the example of his family in upholding the traditions of Catholic faith, and personifies the long-established mission of La Roche University to be a lifelong learner, to achieve success in a chosen career, and to promote justice and peace in a constantly changing global society. He delivered a positive address to the Class of 2018, urging them to never settle for less than being happy with what they do, regardless of the sacrifice it takes. He challenged the class to follow what he tries to accomplish each day. 'Leave your legacy, your fingerprint in Humanity’s heart,' he told La Roche graduates. Mr. Clemente Jr. is an exemplary role model, and La Roche University was honored to have him speak to our graduating class and to award him an honorary degree."
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