Clayton Kershaw will take a one-day vacation from spring training to receive the 2011 Sportsman of the Year award at the seventh annual LA Sports Awards tonight. The Sportsman award is “given to the local male athlete whose performance and character best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship during the calendar year.”
The show is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at Club Nokia at L.A. Live.
Here are Kershaw’s winning credentials, per the Awards committee:
Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award, earned the Players Choice Award as the National League’s Outstanding Pitcher, captured a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, was selected as a Sporting News NL All-Star and won the Warren Spahn Award as the game’s best left-handed pitcher, among other accomplishments. Off the field, Kershaw was a finalist for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet for his charitable endeavors and recently co-authored a book, Arise, with his wife, Ellen, about their charity work together in Africa.