Events on July 10, 2015
On January 31, 2015, Jackie Robinson would have been 96 years old. In celebration of this special day, JRF hosted a special event on January 15th that paid tribute to three organizations that have promoted the values embodied in the life and legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, honoring each with the distinguished Chairman’s Award. Sponsored by Major League Baseball and Morgan Stanley, the evening provided the perfect backdrop to celebrate the Foundation’s impact thanks to its diverse range of partners.
Founded in 1996 by All-Star Shortstop Derek Jeter, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Over the past 16 years, Turn 2 has sponsored many JRF Scholars, even endowing a scholarship, and has provided general operating resources to help JRF thrive.
“For more than 40 years, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has worked with underserved populations to advance higher education and leadership development: two cornerstones as well of the Turn 2 Foundation. That is why I am so proud of our longstanding partnership,” said Sharlee Jeter, President of the Turn 2 Foundation.
Founded by New York Yankee pitcher and Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia and his wife Amber, The PitCCh In Foundation enriches the lives of inner city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities in the New York Tri-state area and Northern California. The foundation showcases three signature programs that provide young people with the tools to be successful in school and on the field.
“We are honored to be recognized for the work that we do in the community. Jackie Robinson’s life and his wife Rachel inspire us to strive to make a positive impact in the lives of as many youth as we possibly can,” said Amber and CC Sabathia, who together accepted the honor as co-founders of the PitCCh In Foundation.
Not only do legendary players support Jackie’s legacy, but All-Star Managers like Joe Torre stand behind JRF as well. The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation was created in 2002 to bring a greater understanding, awareness and compassion to those suffering through the experience of domestic abuse. Its mission is to educate to end the cycle of domestic violence and save lives. Having previously supported a birthday celebration in Jackie’s memory, Safe At Home helps JRF to enhance the wealth of partners who are equally committed to the next generation of leaders.
“Being recognized by the Jackie Robinson Foundation for our efforts makes both of us very proud, along with our entire Safe At Home team,” said Joe Torre, co-founder, with his wife Ali, of the Safe At Home Foundation. “Improving the lives of others is a legacy that Jackie Robinson left us. He is remembered as one of the most important people in our lifetime, and will remain so for generations to come.”
We are delighted to recognize and honor the Turn 2 Foundation, PitCCh In Foundation, and The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. We applaud them for their steadfast dedication to improving lives and building stronger communities.