Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente < back   next >
Images: (from top to bottom) montage of photos from Puerto Rican baseball, logo of Ciudad Deportiva – Sports City. Roberto working with children.


His Story

Sports City and Other Dreams

Clemente dreamed of creating a sports center for the young athletes of Puerto Rico, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

His hope was to teach kids the virtues of hard work and personal integrity that would improve their chances of success in life. As an unintended benefit, the Sports City provides a venue for Puerto Rico’s premiere athletes and teams to make the major leagues and prepare for international competitions.

Image: Photo from present day Ciudad Deportiva – Sports City, showing young player with coaches.The Roberto Clemente Sports City in Carolina—under the direction of his wife Vera and son Luis Roberto—provides a wide array of programs true to Clemente’s dreams. It features a baseball stadium, practice fields, a swimming pool with an accessible entrance, and a fully equipped gymnasium. Programming over the years has produced a long list of success stories both in life and in sports, including future major league stars Roberto and Sandy Alomar, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Ruben Sierra. Plans and fundraising for renovations and expansion are currently underway.

"He was planning for the next four years before he died. That was Roberto. He was adding every day and he got up with a new idea every morning."
—Vera Clemente

"Before I came here, you never had many outstanding players from the Caribbean. There were some good ones and now I won the MVP. This makes me happy because now I feel that if I could do it, then they could do it. The kids have someone to look up to and to follow. I show them what baseball has done for me, and maybe they will work harder and try harder and be better men."
—Roberto Clemente
National League Most Valuable Player, 1966


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