Museum Honors Community-Minded Area Youth with Character and Courage in Action Celebration

Three Central New York Teens Praised for Service by Hall of Famer Rod Carew as Part of Character and Courage Weekend

October 08, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Hall of Famer Rod Carew spent Saturday helping celebrate Character and Courage Weekend in Cooperstown.

But the timeless values of character and courage can be seen all year long in Central New York. And the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum recognized this on Saturday by honoring three area youths for their Character and Courage in Action.

Katelyn Evans of Liverpool, N.Y., Alicia Sebeck of Gilbertsville, N.Y. and Meghan Vann of Fly Creek, N.Y. were honored during the Museum’s salute to Character and Courage in Action as part of Character and Courage Weekend at the Hall of Fame. Each student received a certificate in recognition of supporting causes in their community, which varied from flood relief and refugee support to green initiatives and clothes drives.

“Thank you for all that you have done for your community,” Carew told Evans, Sebeck and Vann. “Your actions are what help this country continue to grow.”

Nominations were solicited from regional community members to recognize 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.

The recipients were chosen from nominations received at the Hall of Fame’s Web site during September and October.

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.

Carew’s appearance highlighted Saturday’s events at the Hall of Fame, which featured a near-capacity crowd enjoying an hour-long Voices of the Game program featuring Carew in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater.

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