"You want to be remembered for something other than baseball. You can impact other people with your faith. That's the purpose of what this is all about."
"My wife & I just feel so fortunate we get to do the stuff off the field. To get recognized for it definitely isn't what we're in it for. But it definitely is a humbling thing to get that honor. More than anything, it brings more awareness nationally to what we're trying to do, not only in Africa, but what our foundation stands for. It's a huge honor for us, and we're just so grateful for it."
Both quotes were given by Clayton Kershaw when he found out he won the 2013 Branch Rickey award. Created by the Rotary Club of Denver, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities and are strong role models for young people. Clayton is the youngest person to ever receive the award.
Each year, major league teams nominate a player, coach or executive, retired or active, for the award. The award is named in honor of of the late baseball executive known for breaking the color barrier in baseball by signing the great Jackie Robinson.
Clayton says this is the greatest honor he could individually receive. He recognizes that there is so much more to his baseball career than just what happens on the field. It's what he accomplishes off the field that he hopes will have an eternal impact.