Lowe is Dodger Clemente Award Finalist

The Dodgers announced today that pitcher Derek Lowe was named the Dodgers' recipient of the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.  He is now one of 30 Major League Club nominees for the national 2007 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

.  September 5 also marks the sixth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball in 2002 to honor the memory of Roberto Clemente and to officially recognize local Club recipients of the Roberto Clemente Award.                

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recognizes those players who best exemplify 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 was killed on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.  This award perpetuates Clemente's memory and character by recognizing current-day players who truly understand the value of helping others.  

All season long, Lowe's work with sick children from Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA took place at Dodger Stadium, in the halls of the hospital and throughout Southern California.  

Prior to 10 home games this year, Lowe took on a personal initiative that brought kids from Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA along with their families to Dodger Stadium for a special game day experience. The program, called "D-Lowe's Heroes," gave the youth a chance to meet Lowe on the field and take pictures during batting practice. From there, the kids were given tickets and invited to dine in the exclusive Dugout Club, courtesy of the right-hander.  

As part of his commitment to the hospital, Lowe visited the children's oncology ward at Mattel this summer and brought along teammate James Loney. The pair met with the kids for several hours, signed autographs and handed out goodie bags.  

In addition, Lowe hosted the Dodgers Dream Foundation Bowling Extravaganza at Lucky Strike Hollywood on July 30. A portion of the proceeds from that evening went to the Mattel Children's Hospital and in addition to inviting his teammates, coaches and celebrities to the event, Lowe purchased a special lane for kids from the hospital and could be seen bowling with them the entire night.

  Lowe, 34, battled skin cancer in 2002 and has also devoted much of his time educating the public about the risks of the disease and the importance of sun safety.  Since joining the Dodgers in 2005, he has actively participated in Dodger community programs such as the 2006 Dodgers WIN (Women's Initiative Network) Clinic, the Dodger Youth Baseball Camp and several kid's clinics, including one at Universal Studios Hollywood last June and one this season to open the new Dodger Dream Field at Culver Marina Little League in Play Vista.    

For the first time, fans can participate in the selection process of the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.  From September 5 through October 5, 2007, fans can log on to mlb.com/chevy21 and vote for one of the 30 Club nominees.  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 will automatically be registered for a chance to win a trip to Game Three of the 2007 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet will be announced.  

As the official sponsor of the Roberto Clemente Award, Chevrolet will donate $7,500 to the charity of choice of each of the 30 Club recipients.  Lowe has chosen the Mattel Children's Hospital's Child Life Services Department and there will be a special check presentation on the field before the Sept. 14 game at Dodger Stadium. Chevrolet will also be making a $30,000 donation to the charity of choice of the national Roberto Clemente Award winner and a $30,000 contribution to Roberto Clemente Sports City in Puerto Rico.  

Former Dodger great Steve Garvey was the National Roberto Clemente Award winner in 1981 and is the only player to win the National Award while with the Dodgers. Last year's nominee was right-handed relief pitcher Eric Gagné.  

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