Major Leaguer All Star Centerfielder Carlos Beltran made his major league debut in 1999 and had an immediate impact, earning the American League Rookie of The Year Award as a Kansas City Royal. Appropriately labeled a “five-tool player,” in 2008 Beltran further solidified his place among the elite in the world of baseball by earning his third consecutive Gold Glove and has two Silver Slugger awards for his stellar performance.
Beltran, a six time All Star is undeniably a fan favorite. With all the accomplishments Carlos has enjoyed on the field, he is equally impressive off the field. A champion of youth education and athletic programs, in 2005 Beltran proudly became “Honorary Chair” of Harlem RBI/ REAL Kids program in NY where he donates $500 per RBI. Carlos was captivated by the program not only because of their commitment to education and baseball but because over 50% of their enrollment is of Puerto Rican descent.
A native of Manatí Puerto Rico, Carlos’ strong family values have anchored his success and have allowed him to become a true role model for kids across the globe, irrespective of their race and background; although one of his main goals is to build his academy. Once the season is over, Carlos devotes much of his personal time to visiting local children’s hospitals and donates toys to help bring smiles to their faces. Together with his family Beltran hosts an annual community dinner in which they gladly serve a hearty meal.
Behind Carlos the player, there’s the family man and the humanitarian that works diligently to quietly improve the life of the community as a whole. Over the years Beltran has donated funds to refurbish local baseball fields, improve local elementary schools and has helped an orphanage update their needs, among others. Currently Carlos is pursuing his biggest contribution to the community, the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy. His plan is to provide young people a dynamic learning experience where they can develop their talents both academically and athletically.