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JRF's Rayshon Payton Receives White House Internship

JRF Alumnus Rayshon Payton has been awarded a White House internship. The law student from Oklahoma City University School of Law will be working in Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.
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JRF Mourns Death of Chairman Award Recipient Jerry McMorris

Jerry McMorris, who was credited for bringing the Colorado Rockies’ to Denver, died on May 8 following a lengthy illness. Along with his wife Mary, Jerry was the first recipient of JRF’s Chairman’s Award, an award that recognizes outstanding leaders on the business side of the sports industry who has promoted the values embodied in the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson.
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Sharon Robinson Celebrates Breaking Barrier Essay Winners

Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson Foundation Board Vice-Chair and daughter of baseball and civil rights great Jackie Robinson, brought gifts and awards to the top winners of the national essay contest, "Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life." Sponsored by Scholastic Magazine and Major League Baseball,the essay contest recognizes students in grades four through nine for their efforts to overcome personal barriers, using the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson.
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Everyone Wins at Citi Field's JR Rotunda

When the New York Mets play on their home field, 70% of the thousands of fans who attend the games must walk through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. The rotunda, modeled after the one at the iconic Ebbets Field, honors Jackie Robinson’s life and many accomplishments. Engraved into the rotunda’s 160-foot-diameter floor and etched into the archways are words and images that espouse Jackie’s nine values: Courage, Excellence, Persistence, Justice, Teamwork, Commitment, Citizenship, Determination and Integrity.
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Major League Baseball Commemorates Jackie Robinson Day

Major League Baseball commemorated Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday, April 15, 2012 with a league-wide 65th anniversary recognition. The Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson broke the game's color barrier in 1947. "This anniversary serves as a reminder of Jack's enduring legacy and the profound impact he had on America. It is my hope that this commemoration serves as an inspiration to all as we look to unite behind our common goals," said Rachel Robinson , Jackie's wife and founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
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JRF's Victoria Okuneye Named Truman Scholar

JRF Scholar Victoria Temitope Okuneye, a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is among the new class of Truman Scholars. Victoria is majoring in brain and cognitive sciences with minors in applied international studies and chemistry. She hopes to get an MD/Ph.D.
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Rachel Robinson International Fellows Selected for Summer 2012 Study

Five Jackie Robinson scholars have been chosen as Rachel Robinson International Fellows for 2012. The prestigious fellowship award will take scholars to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Middle East to study language, child literacy, technology and health.


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It's Tax Time! Webinar Helps JRF Scholars Navigate Through Process

The Jackie Robinson Foundation recently partnered with the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) to conduct a webinar about personal income taxes. NABA's Akilah Thompson and Otwan Lowery fielded a wide variety of questions from JRF scholars including information about filing requirements and how to fill out a tax form. The pair also provided tips for avoiding tax problems in the future.
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Pioneering Journalist and JRF Friend Gil Noble Dies

Gil Noble, the legendary black journalist who hosted the New York public affairs show "Like It Is" for 33 years, has died. A great friend and supporter of the Foundation, Noble was 80. WABC-TV's "Like It Is" was born out of an effort to put more African American programs on television in the wake of the civil rights and black power movements. The show began in 1968. A stroke, suffered by Noble last year, forced the show off the air.

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JRF Alumnus Charlie Fyffe Turns Brownies Into Rewards

Charlie Fyffe has always loved eating brownies, but the UC Berkeley graduate ('10) and Jackie Robinson Foundation alumnus (2006-2010) discovered that baking and selling brownies can also profitable. "For my high school varsity basketball potluck, I made a pan of box mix brownies," he said. "After seeing them get devoured almost instantaneously, I decided to start making my own brownies to sell at school along with the Gatorade and candy that I was already selling." Fyffe's love for the sweet delicacy has turned into a real business that recently earned him the title of Black Enterprise's Entrepreneur of the Week for his company, Charlie's Brownies.
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