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Justin Turner wins Clemente Award for Philanthropy

Justin Turner wins Clemente Award for Philanthropy

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PHILADELPHIA – Justin Turner has won Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award for character, community involvement and philanthropy.

The Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman was scheduled to receive the award before Game 3 of the World Series on Monday night, two years after being criticized by police station for breaching coronavirus protocols celebrating with teammates after sixth title-winning game.

Turner, 37, was nominated for the award for the fifth time this year.

The Justin Turner Foundation, funded by Turner and his wife Kourtney in 2016, supports homeless veterans, children and families battling illness and disease, also helps youth baseball organizations and hosts an annual golf tournament that raised $650,000 this year for The Dream Center and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Turner and his wife donated $100,000 to The Dream Center, which supports the homeless and hungry, to fund its foster care intervention program. The center last year renamed its food bank in honor of Turner and his wife.

Turner and his wife donated more than $100,000 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he serves on the board of directors, and provided more than 70,000 toys and 14,000 bicycles to children in Los Angeles. They also visit patients at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital, which hosts their Walk and Play LA event, and at Cedars Sinai Hospital. They sent improv videos to kids across the country and serve as honorary hosts for CHLA’s Walk and Play LA event.

The foundation supports AM 570’s Veterans Day Radio-a-thon which benefits the Dream Center’s veterans program.

He headlined the race for this year’s Los Angeles Marathon, helping to raise more than $70,000, and his foundation helped renovate Transition House, a downtown Los Angeles facility for veterans without home

A two-time All-Star, Turner would be eligible for free agency after the World Series if the Dodgers decline a $16 million option in favor of a $2 million buyout.

Turner was pulled from Game 6 two years ago after the seventh inning when MLB was notified that he tested positive for COVID-19. Turner refused instructions from security to leave the field during the postgame celebration, behavior that MLB said put the safety of others at risk.

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