Roberto Clemente, Jr., individually, as well as in his various capacities as an executive of several charities, foundations, and business ventures, remains true to the core mission of helping those less fortunate through fund-raising, education, awareness and humanitarian acts. Roberto, Jr. assumed this role very early in his life shortly after the untimely death of his MLB Hall of Fame father, Roberto Clemente, Sr. Roberto, Jr. became the spokesperson for the Clemente Family and thus traveled around the world attending hundreds of fund raising events, charitable causes, and dedication services honoring his father.
Further to the mission, Roberto, Jr. returned to Puerto Rico to assist in the operation of the Roberto Clemente Sports City, and served as Director of Baseball Operations from 1989 to 1993. During this time, he founded the Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities (RBI) Program, aimed at helping at-risk youth avoid the pitfalls of the streets through sports in San Juan. This program has proved to be so successful that not only is it still in existence nearly twenty years after its inception, but it has grown to encompass the whole island nation of Puerto Rico, and has even spawned a similar chapter in the U.S. City of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. These programs have also proven to be successful at preparing teenagers prepare for college and future professional sports careers.
The mission remains viable to this day as a result of Roberto’s involvement in various business ventures, which include providing consulting and public speaking services to client companies. Additionally, Roberto holds partnership interests in for-profit businesses which allow him to donate an extraordinary amount of his time helping those in need, particularly at-risk youth.
On the political front, the mission has been advanced through strong alliances with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former President of the United States George W. Bush.
Roberto currently works closely with the Make a wish Foundation, the American Heart Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center, School for the Blind, Beating the Odds Foundation, Quarterbacks of Life, Juvenile Diabetes, American Kids Cancer Fund, the American Breast Cancer Foundation and the Cristian Rivera Foundation.