There’s no denying the incredible job Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw does on the field, but it’s his humanitarian work off the field that had him in the spotlight last night.

Kershaw was named the winner of the Branch Rickey award back in early September and last night, he was given the award. In Denver, Colorado last night, Kershaw became the youngest recipient of the award for his incredible work with his charity, “Kershaw’s Challenge”.

At the event, his wife Ellen Kershaw talked about the charity and what it means for her husband to be honored according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com:

No matter what was going to happen with his career, both Clayton and I knew that we wanted to give back. It’s always been part of the fabric of who Clayton is. He doesn’t do this sort of thing to get honored. Actually, it’s kind of funny because he’s so humble, but being in baseball puts him in the spotlight.

It’s been a busy week for the 25-year-old ace as he won his second Cy Young award in three years and now all talks have shifted about where a contract with the Dodgers stands.

It was reported twice during the season that the Dodgers and Kershaw were discussing contracts between $210 million and $300 million. When asked after winning the Cy Young award, Kershaw had all his family and friends mob him when he was talking to MLB Network, but would later say talks haven’t picked back up at this point.

Kershaw led the National League in ERA, strikeouts and WHIP as his 2013 campaign was one of the best seasons in baseball history as he looks to sign the richest contract handed to a pitcher in baseball history.

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