By reviewing the Mariano Rivera Foundation’s past and present, it is evident that there is a lot to look forward to in the future. Some of the goals we have already reached and/or hope to attain are:
- Provided health clinics for children where there was no existing clinic.
- Obtained/bought hospital ambulances and rescue vehicles where needed.
- Annual Incentive Scholarship Program, which provides finances to underprivileged students who show promise of bright futures, not only athletically or academically but who also demonstrate determination to better themselves. We want to give these students incentive and create interest in them so they will desire to further their education.
We are very much aware that our past affects and shapes our present and future. We believe that what has been achieved by our past efforts will bring about success for others today and bright futures for tomorrow!
About Mariano, Clara Rivera and Family
Mariano Rivera was born in Panama City, Panama, on November 29, 1969. Mariano has one older sister, and two younger brothers. The family lived in Puerto Caimito, a Panamanian fishing village, and were supported by his father’s job as captain of a fishing boat. As a young man, Rivera played soccer and baseball with his friends on the beach during low tide. Without the means to buy baseball equipment, for games, they substituted cardboard milk cartons for gloves, tree branches for bats, and fashioned balls by taping worn-out baseballs and wads of shredded fishing nets. Rivera used this makeshift equipment until his father bought him his first leather glove when he was 12 years old.
Rivera was signed by the Yankees organization in Panama in 1990, and debuted in the major leagues in 1995. Initially a starting pitcher, he was converted to a relief pitcher late in his rookie year. After a breakthrough season in 1996 as a setup man, he became the Yankees’ closer in 1997. In the following seasons, he established himself as one of baseball’s top relievers, leading the major leagues in saves in 1999, 2001, and 2004. He was a key contributor to the Yankees’ success in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. An accomplished postseason performer, he is regarded within baseball as one of the most dominant relievers in major league history. He was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP, and he holds several postseason records, including lowest earned run average (ERA) (0.70) and most saves (42). In 2013, the Yankees retired his uniform number 42; he was the last major league player to wear the number full-time, following its league-wide retirement in honor of Jackie Robinson. He is considered to be a strong candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame once he is eligible.
Rivera has been involved in philanthropic causes and the Christian community through this, his organization, Mariano Rivera Foundation and plans to dedicate his retirement years to continue helping others.