Major League Baseball and the Jackie Robinson Foundation announced a partnership extension through 2023, which includes $3.5 million to support JRF’s Scholarship Program, the Jackie Robinson Museum and the JRF ROBIE Awards. The Jackie Robinson Museum will chronicle Robinson’s storied athletic career and his long-lasting impact across society.More
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke Baseball's color barrier when he made his historic MLB debut. Every year on April 15, Baseball honors Jackie's legacy by celebrating his life, values and accomplishments. The extensive and unified League-wide show of support has included retiring Jackie's number throughout the Majors in 1997; dedicating April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day each year since 2004; and requesting that every player and all on-field personnel wear his No. 42 during games scheduled on Jackie Robinson Day since 2009.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation has launched the new Jackie Robinson Day Virtual Learning Hub, a platform to deliver multi-generational Jackie Robinson-themed educational programming, with resources made available to educators, parents and students in grades K-12. In addition to educational activities broken out by age group addressing different aspects of Jackie Robinson’s legacy, the Hub features video vignettes of Sharon Robinson and MLB players reading excerpts of Robinson’s Jackie Robinson: American Hero, conversational prompts for in-home discussion, and more. Click here to get to the hub.
In parallel with the Jackie Robinson Foundation educational initiative, MLB has several activities aimed at keeping at-home kids busy while educating them on Jackie’s life.