Beginning today, fans can vote for the national Clemente award recipient at MLB.com/ClementeAward and register for a chance to win a trip to the
The award is named for the Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
“I don’t really do things for name recognition,” said Johnson, who will be recognized as the club’s award recipient at a ceremony Monday at
Johnson, an All-Star this year, works with the Miracle League of Manasota, an affiliate of the National Miracle League Association, which joins more than 200 communities around the world to provide opportunities for disabled children to play baseball. The Manasota chapter is located in the Sarasota, Fla., area, the Orioles’
In 2011, Johnson started the Birdland Golf Classic event, which over the last two years has raised a total of $50,000 that went directly to the Miracle League of Manasota.
In large part due to the success of the Classic (along with additional donations from the Baltimore Orioles and
Johnson's work with children with disabilities continues in the Baltimore community as well. Johnson is involved with the Challenger League in Maryland and Virginia. Earlier this season, he taught baseball to more than 40 players from the Orioles Advocates Challenger League at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena in a fantasy camp for Kids.
Johnson's efforts over the year have stretched beyond just children. For the second consecutive year the Orioles have hosted a group of wounded soldiers and other active military groups and their families in a catered private suite for each Orioles home Sunday game. Johnson got involved personally by contributing $1,000 to the program for the second consecutive year, in addition to meeting with the soldiers on the field pre-game.
In addition to the Roberto Clemente Award, this year Johnson will also receive The Baltimore Sun's Tim Wheatley award, recognizing local professional athletes who give back to the community. The award is named after the late Tim Wheatley, the former sports editor for The Sun who died three years ago in a car accident.