Roberto Clemente, Jr. is a universally respected philanthropist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, producer, former broadcaster, and professional baseball player. Roberto’s father, Roberto Clemente Sr. was the first Latin American player to compile 3,000 hits in MLB history and the first Latino to enter into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Roberto Sr. used his platform and immense athletic gift to serve others and devote his short life to helping make the world a better place, something Roberto Jr. has duplicated and taken very seriously. Roberto Jr. utilizes his experiences not only as an Afro-Latino but beyond to leverage his platform to help thousands of others on an intensely diverse array of subjects and today’s challenges.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the first seven years of Roberto Jr.’s life were spent between Puerto Rico and Pittsburgh, PA. After his father’s untimely and tragic death in a 1972 plane crash while taking relief supplies to Nicaragua earthquake victims, Roberto Jr. became his father’s voice and the spokesperson for the family. He has continued to carry on his father’s legacy, including playing professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles. After a series of injuries, Roberto Jr. returned to Puerto Rico and established the RBI Baseball Program, aimed at enhancing interest and participation in sports, with a particular emphasis on disadvantaged children. Robert Jr. also established the Roberto Clemente Foundation, bringing the good will works to the country and world by aiding at-risk youth, disaster relief, and promoting global service leadership. The foundation today is one of the most admired foundations in the country, both in and out of baseball— utilizing the humanitarian spirit that Roberto Clemente left for the world to follow. Throughout the last 30 years of the foundation’s existence, Roberto Jr. and the team have helped thousands of children and their families.
Roberto Jr. is deeply involved in charity work and has served on many boards and assisted in countless fundraising efforts. He recently served as the global ambassador for Food for The Hungry, a global non-profit focusing on serving the most vulnerable countries. He is currently on the National Hispanic Foundation, an Ambassador Human Performance sitting chair on a Brain Health Application called RC21X, and is a producer for an upcoming reality show and film series. Roberto is known for his assistance within the corporate and education realms, serving as a motivational speaker, connector, consultant, and racial injustice educator.
In his speaking engagements, Roberto Clemente Jr. has a vast array of topics of which he speaks on including his unique life as the eldest son of Roberto Clemente and his role in his family – from the impact of his father’s untimely death and overcoming obstacles with race and inequality, overcoming the odds with grief and coping mechanisms, motivations in sports, business and latino affairs, importance of education, humanitarianism, motivational topics with underprivileged children, and many others.