Already honored as the Phillies' Roberto Clemente Award winner, center fielder Shane Victorino was announced on Monday as the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
The 29-year-old Victorino and his wife, Melissa, created the Shane Victorino Foundation last spring to promote opportunities for youth in Philadelphia and Hawaii. Beneficiaries of the 2010 Shane Victorino Foundation Celebrity Dinner & Golf Classic in Maui include the Waipio (Hawaii) Little League program, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui and the St. Anthony's School Shane Victorino Scholarship Fund.
The foundation's first effort in Philadelphia will be renovation of the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club via a $900,000 pledge. The club is in one of the most impoverished areas of the city.
Victorino will receive his award at the PSWA's 107th annual banquet on January 31 in Cherry Hill, N.J. In attendance will be teammate Roy Halladay (who was named the PSWA's 2010 Pro Athlete of the Year), general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel. Other announced honorees include Bill Bergey, the former Eagles great selected as Living Legend; and the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, selected as 2010 Team of the Year.
The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association was founded in 1904.