September is Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month Information and Resources
From Randy Ribay, our DEB/SJ Coorindator:
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year in the US from September 15-October 15, 2021 to honor the contributions and achievements of Hispanic Americans. September 15th , 2021 is significant as several Latin American countries celebrate their independence on this day (or shortly thereafter). Check out the links below for additional resources!
Sharing Stories of Inspiration from the community
By Maria Vicenty,
Roberto Clemente is one of the most iconic sports figures of the last century thanks to his brilliant baseball career, but also because of his humanitarian work and help for those in need within and outside Puerto Rico.
Roberto Clemente’s childhood wasn’t easy. Because of his family’s limited resources, he and his siblings worked with their father in the sugar cane crops on the island. They used to work in the fields, loading and unloading the sugar cane in trucks.
At 16, Roberto Clemente began to play in Puerto Rico’s amateur league. But it wasn’t until 1952, when Roberto was 18, that he began his professional baseball career. He played for los Cangrejeros de Santurce.
Roberto participated in two World Series. He was batting champion four times, the MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 1966, and 12-time Golden Glove winner. In 1971, he was named the MVP of the World Series.
Roberto Clemente was the first latino to be inducted in the National baseball hall of fame and the first latino player to make 3,000 hits.
He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and wore #21 on his jersey.
PuertoRicans are proud of Clemente not only for being one of the finest players our island ever produced, but also for being a humanitarian.
He spent a lot of off-season time helping his community.
Clemente saw his career as a way to help Latin America and its inhabitants make their lives better. He wanted to be an inspiring figure for Hispanic people.
Roberto Clemente was a philanthropist. He was known for giving financial aid to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and other Latin American countries.
He also promoted accessibility and equality for Latin Americans.
He hosted baseball clinics for disadvantaged youth and gave free baseball lessons for children in Puerto Rico.
He visited sick children in hospitals.
In 1972, a powerful earthquake hit Managua in Nicaragua. Thousands of people died. Thousands of people were injured and became homeless. Roberto Clemente worked hard to get donations of money, medicine, and much needed supplies for the people in Nicaragua.
However, he got news that the donations were not getting to the people that needed them and decided to fly with the next shipment of donations to make sure that he himself distributed them to the people in need. However, shortly after take off the plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean and the body of Clemente and three others were never recovered.
Less than three months after his death, Roberto Clemente was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and years later his wife accomplished his dream of creating a Sports City for low income children.
This is why PuertoRicans keep #21 in our hearts. He is an example of kindness, compassion and love as he willed the good of others.