Sport & Medical Sciences Academy Students Deliver Poignant Capstone Presentation at 5th Annual Roberto Clemente Life Celebration

Sport & Medical Sciences Academy Students Deliver Poignant Capstone Presentation at 5th Annual Roberto Clemente Life Celebration

On Saturday, December 31st 2016, Hartford community groups and students from Sports and Medical Sciences Academy hosted the 5th Annual Roberto Clemente Life Commemoration Event at the Sports & Medical Sciences Academy at 280 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT.  Families, community members, and civic leaders attended this free event which included inspirational speeches, refreshments, music, conversation, information tables, drawings, informational displays about Roberto Clemente.  The event culminated in a Capstone presentation by Sport and Medical Sciences Academy students (pictured above with Hartford Public Schools Acting Superintendent, Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, who also delivered a moving speech.)  The students’ presentation focused on 21 little know facts about Mr. Clemente.

This year’s event has been organized by local activists, youth baseball and softball volunteers, students, youth groups, teachers, coaches as well as local elected officials.  “We are proud to honor Roberto Clemente with our event, and to do our part to teach our young people about his courageous civil rights and human rights record,” says Eugenio Caro, one of the Memorial’s organizers.

The “Roberto Clemente Civic Engagement Contest” encourages students and Greater Hartford residents to honor the life of a legend who gave so much of himself to the community. As part of the celebration, there will also be an essay contest for students and prizes awarded to the essays that best describe Clemente’s love of family, country, community service and humanitarian work.  As great a baseball player as Mr. Clemente was, he was a greater humanitarian who died while delivering supplies to people in need in Nicaragua.

Attending elected officials included Mayor Luke Bronin, Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez. as well as members of the Hartford City Council and legislative delegation.  The Roberto Clemente Life Commemoration Event concluded with the release of 21 black and gold balloons, which represent the number he wore his entire career as a baseball player.

For more information about the  Annual Roberto Clemente Life Celebration, contact:

Alex Mercado – (860) 695-6971 – merca001@hartfordschools.org

Julio Concepcion – (860) 324-2219 – julioconcepcion@comcast.net