Celebrity Profile

Mariano Rivera

The popular Panamanian relief pitcher for the New York Yankees has helped the team win four World Series titles throughout his career. The devoutly Christian Rivera--who is often seen reading the Bible before and after games--finds inspiration in the verse Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." He even has it inscribed on his pitching glove. He is deeply involved in philanthropy and financed the building of a school and church in Panama City. Rivera has also gone public with his intention of becoming an evangelical minister at the end of his baseball career. He is devoted to a variety of charities that focus on children, such as Casita Maria and former Yankees manager Joe Torre's Safe At Home Foundation.

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