Mariano Rivera to Be Honored by American Bible Society

Rivera Encourages Hispanic Community to Increase Bible Reading

On Thursday, April 24, one of baseball's greatest pitchers will be honored for his work off the field. Mariano Rivera, a retired New York Yankee and five-time World Series champion, will be honored at the Bible in Hispanic America dinner, hosted by American Bible Society. The recognition is given to those who have made an impact in the Hispanic community through his or her Christian faith.

Since 2004, Rivera has actively spoken to the Hispanic community on the importance of reading the Bible as part of American Bible Society’s La Biblia es mi Guía (The Bible is my Guide) campaign. The campaign’s aim is to increase Bible literacy and engagement within America’s fastest growing population segment. When compared with the general population, Hispanic adults are less likely to read the Bible. Only 15 percent of Hispanics were considered Bible Engagedi  in American Bible Society’s State of the Bible 2014 survey compared with 19 percent for all adults.  

Mariano Rivera is a role model to millions of Americans in general and Hispanics in particular. He has used his platform as a baseball superstar to encourage Hispanics to turn to God’s Word for direction and to help make sense of their lives. We are delighted to honor him for considerable contributions to the cause of Bible literacy,” said Rev. Dr. Emilio A. Reyes, executive director of Multi-Language Ministries at American Bible Society.

In addition to his work promoting Bible literacy, Rivera and his wife Clara founded The Mariano Rivera Foundation in 1998. The nonprofit offers educational, health and wellness programs to bring hope and promise to youngsters in Rivera’s home country of Panama and the United States. One of Rivera’s goals is to offer opportunities to underserved children and give them a better chance to be successful in school and life.

What: Dinner to honor Mariano Rivera for his efforts to promote Bible literacy within the Hispanic community

When: Thursday, April 24, 5:30 p.m.

Location: American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY

Media instructions: Media must pre-register for credentials for the event; space is limited

About American Bible Society:
Headquartered in Manhattan, the 198-year-old American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation's oldest nonprofit organizations, today's American Bible Society provides resources across a variety of platforms enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time. For more information, visit


iBible engaged are those who:

  1. Believe the Bible is the actual or inspired Word of God with no factual errors, or believe the Bible is the inspired word of God with some factual errors; and
  2. Read the Bible daily or at least four times per week