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Roberto Clemente's son visits school named after his father

Roberto Clemente's son visits school named after his father

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The son of baseball legend, Roberto Clemente, spent the day in Allentown on Friday.

Roberto Clemente Jr. met with students at William Allen High School and with Mayor Ed Pawlowski but his first stop was at the school named after his father, Roberto Clemente Charter School.

"This is the first time we have a member of the Roberto Clemente family visit our school and share words of encouragement with our students, so that means the world for us," said school principal Damian Romero.

Clemente came to Allentown to announce plans for a baseball clinic he'll be taking part in this summer with the help of his friend and businessman Eddie Trujillo

"He's sponsoring some clinics that I'm going to come in and work with the kids and be able to be part of the community," said Clemente.

Clemente is also promoting a book written by his family, titled 'Clemente, The true legacy of an undying hero'

"After 40 years of dad's passing, we as a family thought that it would be timely to be able to give our prospective of dad's life through our eyes," he said.

Clemente says he also wanted to share with students the importance of hard work

"Not to give up and to make sure that even though there's a lot of them who like to baseball, like to play sports that education is number one and that's what the school is doing making sure they think about college and their future."

As for what he thinks of the school named in honor of his father; "For me to be here today is great, I think it's fantastic what they're doing what I hear the students are doing right now is really remarkable and we're very proud of it," he said.

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