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Mark Teahen named Royals recipient of the 2008 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy
09/02/2008 4:12 PM ET
Outfielder Mark Teahen today was named the Royals recipient of the 2008 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy. He is one of 30 Major League Club nominees for the national 2008 Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work in the community. Tomorrow will mark the seventh annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball in 2002 to honor the legacy of Roberto Clemente.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy, is part of Chevy's official sponsorship of Major League Baseball, and recognizes those players who best represent the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams. The award is named for Clemente, a 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. This award perpetuates Clemente's legacy and character by recognizing current-day players who truly understand the value of helping others.

Fans are encouraged to participate in the selection of the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy. From September 3rd through October 5th, 2008, fans can log on to and vote for one of the 30 Club nominees.

Teahen, who will be recognized in a special pregame ceremony prior to Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. game, is involved in a number of community outreach efforts in the Kansas City area, including the Challenger Division of Little League Baseball. The Challenger Division, which is administered in the Kansas City metro through the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field. To help young athletes, the program features a "buddy" system and pairs each player with an able-bodied partner. In addition, the fields are custom-designed using a synthetic turf that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices. The Challenger Division is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids.

Since becoming the local spokesman for Challenger in October 2006, Teahen has been involved in a number of events to help bring funds and visibility to this unique program. He took his support to a new level in January 2008 when he organized the "Mark Teahen...Challenger Your Fashion" fundraising dinner, auction and fashion show that raised $75,000 for the Challenger program. Plans are currently underway for the 2009 event.

In addition, Teahen will appear at the Cold Stone Creamery location on the Country Club Plaza on Sunday, Sept. 7 for another Challenger fundraiser. From 6-7 p.m., fans may stop by to meet Teahen and enjoy a complimentary Cold Stone Creamery creation. In lieu of regular payment, fans will be asked to donate to Challenger, which will receive 100 percent of the money collected during the hour.

The fan vote winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by the selection panel, which includes Vera Clemente, wife of the late Hall of Famer, and Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. Participating fans automatically will be registered for a chance to win a trip to Game Three of the 2008 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy will be announced.

As the official sponsor of the Roberto Clemente Award, Chevy will donate $7,500 to the charity of choice of each of the 30 Club recipients. Chevy also will donate $30,000 and a Chevy vehicle to the national winner's charity of choice and an additional $30,000 will be donated by Chevy to Roberto Clemente Sports City, a not-for-profit organization in Carolina, Puerto Rico, designed to provide recreational sports activities for children.

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