Gregerson named Roberto Clemente Award nominee

Gregerson named Roberto Clemente Award nominee

PHOENIX -- Reliever Luke Gregerson was named the Padres' 2012 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Gregerson is one of 30 club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

"It's an honor to be nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award," Gregerson said in a release. "As athletes, we are put in a unique position to help in ways that others can't. I am lucky to have been given the opportunity to contribute off the field."

Gregerson has regularly volunteered his time for club-organized events. He has participated in Rady Children's Hospital's Annual Celebration of Champions run to celebrate the courage and determination of children and young adults who are fighting cancer. Gregerson also visits with kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation once a month during their VIP Night at Petco Park.

He's also served as a celebrity waiter at the STAR/PAL "Celebrity Waiters Luncheon." STAR/PAL offers free youth programs and positive interaction with committed volunteers that include law enforcement officers, firefighters and community business leaders. STAR stands for Sports, Training, Academics and Recreation and PAL stands for Police Athletic League.

The Padres will honor Gregerson and recognize his Roberto Clemente Award nomination during an on-field pregame ceremony on Friday, Sept. 28.

"Luke is one of the first players to sign up for every Padres community event and is a positive role model for young fans," said Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel in a release.