Students meet with the Roberto Clemente family at commemorative event

October 03, 2012

Penn State Greater Allegheny students from Puerto Rico who play on the campus' baseball team, along with Jim Chester, athletic director and head baseball coach, had an opportunity to meet with members of Roberto Clemente's family at PNC Park. The 40th anniversary of Clemente's 3,000th base hit in Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh was commemorated during a pregame ceremony with Vera Clemente, widow of Roberto Clemente, and his sons Roberto Jr., Luis and Enrique.

A private meeting with the Clemente family was arranged prior to the game through Jim Chester and the Roberto Clemente Foundation, Chester visited Puerto Rico last year to recruit students and had an opportunity to meet several students that were interested in studying at the Greater Allegheny campus and to play baseball.

"Roberto Clemente means so much to the city of Pittsburgh, but nothing compares to what he means to the people of Puerto Rico. The opportunity for these young men to meet the Clemente family will be a memory they will cherish forever," said Chester.

  • Victor Monroig, student-athlete; Jonathan Reyes, student-athlete; Athletic Director Jim Chester; Roberto Clemente Jr.; Vera Clemente; Luis Clemente; Jose Pablo Bonilla, student-athlete; Brian Colon, student-athlete; Coach Joe Ranalli; and young Pirates fans Jackson Pons and Ethan Porecca.

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Last Updated October 04, 2012