Why Foundation 12?
Growing up in the small town of Salinas, Puerto Rico, Roberto learned at an early age the important role a community has on a child’s development. Roberto grew up idolizing his parents Maria and Sandy Alomar and credits them with installing in him the value of community service and giving back. Maria and Sandy always preached the importance of staying humble and helping others. In addition, Roberto was always impressed by the charity efforts of baseball great and fellow Puerto Rican, Roberto Clemente. He often thought that if he was in a position to make a difference in the lives of children, he would embrace the opportunity.
“I want to be remembered as someone that did things the right way. I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish on the baseball field and how hard I worked to achieve my dream. I am now in a position in my life where I have the opportunity to give back to others less fortunate.”
Roberto’s “home base”
With Roberto now spending a larger portion of his time in Toronto, it seemed like a natural fit to establish a Canadian charity that would specifically help benefit children living in Canada. Roberto will focus his efforts on using the game of baseball as a vehicle to impact the lives of young baseball players.
“When I was traded to the Blue Jays™ in November of 1990, I was embraced by the entire country of Canada from day one. Together, we built lasting memories which included 2 World Series Champions for the Blue Jays. I have always considered Canada as my second home and it is really important to me that I help leave the game of baseball in Canada in better shape than when I first came here. With my work across Canada with the Blue Jays Honda Super Camps and Tournament 12, I thought establishing Foundation 12 was the next step in creating a meaningful difference. I am very proud of the work we have done and I think the sky will be the limit with Foundation 12”.