Holt, Davis again nominated for Clemente Award

Holt, Davis again nominated for Clemente Award

Two former Navarro Bulldogs playing major league baseball again are among 30 nominees for The Roberto Clemente Award.

That’s the Boston Red Sox’ Brock Holt and the Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis.

Again. Yes, again.

It’s a fourth nomination in the last five years for Holt; for Davis, it’s his third consecutive.

Holt and Davis will be recognized in each of their games during The 18th annual Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

There are no better nominees for the prestigious Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB to recognize players from each club who best represent the game through extraordinary character, community involvement,
philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

For the uninitiated, Holt and Davis are deeply involved in many ways with major projects in their communities. Here are just a few reasons they’ve received multiple Clemente Award nominations:

Since arriving in Boston in 2013, Holt has cemented himself as a community fixture via his extensive work with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Home Base Program and several other causes.

He’s served as the Jimmy Fund Captain since 2015, raising funds for cancer research and adult and pediatric cancer care for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Before the holidays, Holt joins New Balance in providing gifts to patients at the clinic. He calls, FaceTimes and texts the children while they undergo their treatments, creating many strong bonds and friendships.

Holt and his wife Lakyn cherish the many relationships they’ve formed with Jimmy Fund patients, looking at them like extended family members.

Davis earned distinction due to his family’s ongoing work with many charities in and around the Baltimore community, including the LUNGevity Foundation, the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, Casey Cares Foundation, Helping Up Mission, Compassion International, Maryland Food Bank, International Justice Mission, Water Missions International, and Feed My Starving Children.

Davis and his wife, Jill, have served as honorary Board Members and ambassadors for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) at the University of Maryland Medical Center since 2016 – helping raise awareness for childhood illnesses and UMCH’s role as a leader in patient care, pediatric disease research, and educating future generations of health care providers.

This season the Davis family hosted their third annual “Crush’s Homers for Hearts,” a charity Home Run Derby event at Oriole Park at Camden Yards that benefits the Pediatric Heart Program of UMCH. Through the event, which has raised nearly $300,000 to date, participants enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in a Home Run Derby challenge on the field at Oriole Park.

For the fourth consecutive year, Chris and Jill have served as race ambassadors for the annual Casey Cares 5K run/walk at Port Covington in Baltimore. All proceeds benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides personalized, uplifting, and ongoing programs with a special focus on critically-ill children and their family members throughout six states. Since Chris and Jill became ambassadors in 2013, the race has raised more than $500,000 for the Foundation.

Each year since arriving in Baltimore, Davis has donated $5,000 to the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program, which hosts thousands of underprivileged youth to Orioles games.