April 26, 2019 - On Friday, April 26, 2019 fifth-grade students at Roberto Clemente School No. 8 were offered words of encouragement from members of the Rochester Red Wings and a player on the U.S. Women’s Softball Team.
Jake Reed, a Rochester Red Wings pitcher, Javier Valentin, the Rochester Red Wings hitting coach, and Reed’s wife, Janie Reed, a member of the USA Women’s Softball Team, visited with students at School No. 8.
Valentin’s father played baseball with Roberto Clemente, the school’s namesake, when they both lived in Puerto Rico. All three spoke about the importance of good attendance, education, and sportsmanship.
The three took questions from students on a number of different topics, including what makes a good leader and why is healthy eating so important.
Jake Reed said, “It’s never too early to start finding things that you enjoy doing, finding things that you enjoy learning or studying about, or something that you’re good at that you could possibly pursue for a career.”
Janie Reed spoke about the qualities of a good leader. She said, “A good leader is someone who keeps people accountable in a loving way, elevates the team, and tries to bring people up to a higher level.”
Valentin’s father also ended up managing Clemente’s baseball team in Puerto Rico. Clemente died in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering emergency relief to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.