Roberto Clemente Jr. speaks to B-A students


Kerry Naylor

Roberto Clemente Jr. spoke to B-A middle school students on Monday.

On Monday, the Bellwood-Antis Middle School, in association with Quarterbacks for Life, brought in Roberto Clemente Jr. to speak with students from grades 5 through 8. Clemente Jr. shared advice, as well as stories about his own life.

The students learned a lot from the presentation, according to Mrs. Susan Nycum, a seventh grade teacher who was one of the event’s organizers.

“Obstacles will be part of life and you will overcome them … also to have dreams and goals,” said Mrs. Nycum when we asked what students learned.

Clemente Jr. came to B-A through the Beating the Odds Foundation and organizer Rocco Scalzi. According to Mrs. Nycum Scalzi has worked for over seven years with B-A bringing in famous speakers from across the country like Clemente Jr., including past speakers like Rockey Bleier, Quinton Aaroon, and Adam Taliaferro.

Clemente Jr. is the son of former Pittsburgh Pirates star Roberto Clemente a Hall of Famer who passed away in a plane crash delivering supplies, to aid people in Nicaragua in 1972.

Among other things he told kids about his journey of losing his father and rising all the way tothe MLB before falling back down due to medical complications. It was his dream to play in the big leagues. He fought for that dream everyday and made his way from the bottom to the top.

He told  B-A students to have goals and to have dreams, to set them and strive to achieve them.

Clemente Jr. also emphasized to students that they have a fingerprint, everywhere they go they make a fingerprint, or impression, that makes them unique and marks their work and effort.