On this day back in 1938, the Baseball Hall of Famer and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Roberto Clemente was born into this world. He went on to win 12 gold gloves, 12 MVP, and 3000 hits prior to his tragic death in an airplane accident while delivering supplies to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake. He was a contributor to the community giving both on and off of the field from his depth of charity work in Latin America and the Caribbean during the off-seasons. After his passing, an award called the Roberto Clemente Award was named in his honor. This prestigious award is given to the Major League Baseball player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team." Since then, only 45 individuals have won the award with notable names as Kirby Puckett, David Ortiz, Andrew McCutchen and Derek Jeter.
Clemente stated in an interview during the All-Star game, the year he passed away, whether or not he would get his 3,000th hit. He responded, "I'm alive, like I said before, you never know because God tells you how long you're going to be here. So you never know what can happen tomorrow." Like Clemente, we never know when life will be disrupted due to an injury or illness. You can't plan for it, but YOU can help others around you who are disabled and in need. All of the people NTI helps never expected something tragic to happen to them and EVERY NTI employee strives to help out a person the best we can. We care. We can't help out in every aspect, but if you have a disability and need the support structure to get back into the workplace, we can help. There is a bit of Clemente in each and every one of us; the folks at NTI as well as every American. Embrace it and do the right thing.
If you know of someone who needs help getting back to work again, give a call to one of our Solution Advisors who live the mission or contact us at www.nticentral.org/learnmore