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Rollins, Bonds named sports persons of the year

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Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, the  2007 National League MVP, was selected by the Philadelphia Tribune as its Philadelphia Sports Person of the Year. The Tribune is the nation’s oldest and continuously publishing African-American newspaper.

Rollins had a great year on the field and he matched it off the field. Rollins was very active in the Philadelphia community through his fund raising efforts for a number of local charities. Recently, he donated computers to a mostly African-American  high school in North Philadelphia.

During his press conference after winning the MVP award last month, Rollins said he hoped his award would bring more African-American kids into baseball.

“The one thing that comes from this, I really hope that they’re Black kids right now looking at TV and saying ‘I wanna be an MVP one day in baseball,” Rollins said.

The Tribune also named ex-San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds as its National Sports Person of the Year because he overtook Hank Aaron and became the all-time homerun leader.

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Written by Symphony

January 4, 2008 at 12:01 am

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