As has become tradition in recent years, Major League players commemorated the day Jackie Robinson shattered the color barrier by making a $42,000 grant from the Players Trust to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Known now as Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball since 2004, Sunday marked the 71st anniversary of Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, which changed forever the game’s landscape as well as its place in our nation’s integration. In recognition, all players wear Jackie’s No. 42 on this day.
“I’m privileged to wear No. 42 to honor the great Jackie Robinson,” said veteran pitcher David Price said. “Jackie’s life and career represent the strength and courage we should all strive to have. The kindness and good heart he displayed are examples we should all follow. Jackie opened the door for me and so many others to play this great game. I’m forever thankful for him and appreciate the opportunity to celebrate his great life and legacy.”
This marks the third consecutive year the Players Trust, the collective charity of Major League players, has provided a $42,000 grant to support JRF’s celebrated college scholarship program. The Trust’s contribution funded a JRF/ Players Trust Scholar and provided additional funds allowing JRF to expand its vital programmatic services.
“It’s a privilege to recognize our players’ continued support of the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s mission to help provide a brighter future for those in need,” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said. “Jackie Robinson’s inspirational legacy transcends baseball and his influence has no boundaries.”
Robinson paved the way for other minority players and his passion and determination inspired others to challenge the status quo. For the past 45 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has continued Jackie’s commitment to equal opportunity by addressing the achievement gap in higher education.
“We are grateful to the Major League Baseball Players Trust for their continued generous support of the Jackie Robinson Foundation,” said Della Britton Baeza, President and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. “It means a lot to us as we commemorate the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s barrier breaking first game at Ebbets Field that we are continuing this partnership with an organization that shares the values of the Foundation and our iconic namesake.”
Founded in 1973 by Rachel Robinson, the Foundation has advanced higher education by providing generous, multi-year scholarship awards coupled with a comprehensive set of support services to highly motivated JRF Scholars and Extra Innings Fellows attending colleges and universities throughout the country.
About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, non-profit organization that perpetuates the memory of Jackie Robinson by giving a four-year scholarship in his name and providing leadership development for minority college students as well as through building the Jackie Robinson Museum. The museum will commemorate the life of Jackie Robinson as an athlete, activist and icon, illuminating his long-lasting impact across society through state-of-the-art exhibits, precious artifacts, film and other media. The National Jackie Robinson Museum Legacy Campaign has raised over $25 million, with the museum set to open in Lower Manhattan in 2019.