Character and Courage in Action to Honor Exemplary Central New York Youths

Nominations Accepted Via Mail and at Baseballhall.org; Honorees to Attend Character and Courage Weekend Oct. 8-10 at Hall of Fame

September 21, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The 295 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame were defined by their character and courage. But it was their ability to act on their convictions that changed their lives – and the lives they touched.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will present Character and Courage in Action as part of the Hall’s annual Character and Courage Weekend Oct. 8-10 in Cooperstown. Character and Courage in Action will celebrate the extraordinary efforts of young community members in Central New York, whose efforts in benefitting others represents outstanding character and exemplary courage, in the spirit of three Hall of Fame legends: Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson.

With the recent flooding that has affected New York State, thousands of dedicated young men and women have stepped to the plate to assist in cleanup and rebuilding efforts. Character and Courage in Action nominations will be accepted only for nominees who live in the following New York counties: Albany, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie. Honorees will be selected from a pool of all valid nominations.

Nominations are open to anyone 18 and under who is a current full-time student from one of the 14 eligible counties. Nominations must provide a 150-word essay statement featuring a detailed description of the community service and examples of the young person’s sense of character, courage, leadership, organization and service. Nominations can be received by mail – Character and Courage in Action, Public Relations Department, Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY, 13326 – or via the Hall of Fame’s Web site at www.baseballhall.org/character no later than Monday, Oct. 3.

Character and Courage in Action winners will be invited to a special reception on Saturday, Oct. 8 with Hall of Famer Rod Carew as part of the Hall of Fame’s Character and Courage Weekend.

As part of its fourth-annual salute to Character and Courage, the Hall of Fame will present programming dedicated to those qualities, highlighted by an 11 a.m. Voices of the Game event with Carew in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater on Saturday, Oct. 8. This year’s Character and Courage Weekend celebration is dedicated to baseball and its contributions to the military, and Carew will discuss his career and take questions from the audience during the Voices of the Game event.

Carew’s military obligation cost him more than two dozen games in several seasons as he served his commitment to the Marine Corps Reserve. He spent six years in the Marines in the late 1960s as a combat engineer. In 19 big league seasons, Carew batted .328 and amassed 3,053 hits.

A ticket is required for the Oct. 8 Voices of the Game event featuring Rod Carew and costs $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available to participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership program immediately by calling 607-547-0397, and any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Oct. 3.

In 2008, the Hall of Fame dedicated the Character and Courage statues in the Museum’s foyer. The statues, which depict Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson, celebrate character and courage in baseball and in life, reflecting the achievements of Clemente, Gehrig and Robinson as beacons of these characteristics. Made possible through a gift of Hall of Fame supporter Bob Crotty, the statues are a permanent Museum exhibit.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.  For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.