The professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox is perhaps best known by his nickname, “Big Papi.” Ortiz is an all-star first baseman and designated hitter. In 2013, he was a crucial player as he helped his team clinch the World Series.
The victory was a bright note after a very difficult year for Boston. The city was still healing from the tragic bombing in April. Two bombs shook Boston during the marathon, which was held on Patriots’ Day, a Massachusetts state holiday. Three people were killed and more than 260 people were injured in the attack. In the months after, Ortiz emerged as a leader and beacon of hope. He supported the city and helped lead the Red Sox from worst to first. When they were losing in the championship game, Ortiz gave his teammates a pep talk. After that, the team never trailed. Ortiz was named the 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player.
Off the field, Ortiz runs the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. The group raises money for pediatric care to support children in the Northeastern United States and in the Dominican Republic, his native country, who are facing life-threatening diseases. Each year he holds a celebrity charity golf tournament to raise money. Ortiz was awarded UNICEF's Children's Champion Award in 2008 for this work.
For supporting children in need and helping his city in times of trouble, David Ortiz is a nominee for TFK's 2013 Person of the Year.
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