Concordia University, St. Paul welcomes Hall of Fame baseball player Dave Winfield as speaker for the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., in the Gangelhoff Center. A graduate of St. Paul's Central High School, Winfield was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 after a 22-year career in Major League Baseball.
In addition to giving the commencement address, Winfield will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Concordia University.
One of the first professional athletes to create a charitable foundation, Winfield has spent more than 20 years giving back to his community, including the Winfield Foundation, which works to provide community outreach programs, social services to families in need, and scholarships and computer literacy programs to deserving high school students. The Foundation developed TURN IT AROUND!, an international community action campaign to prevent substance abuse. Winfield is also highly involved in promoting active lifestyles.
Winfield's charitable work has earned him numerous honors, including: the YMCA Brian Piccolo Award for Humanitarian Service, American League Joe Cronin Award, Josh Gibson Leadership Award and Manor League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award. He was awarded honorary Doctorate of Law Degrees from both Syracuse University and Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and was selected one of America's 10 Outstanding Young Men. He has served on the boards of President Clinton's National Service Program, the Peace Corps, Morehouse School of Medicine, Hackensack Medical Center, the Century Council, Authentify, Inc., and the advisory board of the Major League Baseball Players Trust.
A Williams Scholar at the University of Minnesota playing both basketball and baseball, Winfield is the only athlete to ever be drafted by four professional leagues. One of seven players in history to reach over 3,000 hits (achieved as a Minnesota Twin) and over 450 home runs, Winfield was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Winfield is currently a studio analyst for ESPN Baseball Tonight, ESPN News and Sportscenter and host of the national Baseball Music Project.