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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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JRF Alumna Choumika Simonis Receives Coveted Fulbright Grant

JRF Alumna Choumika Simonis has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright grant for 2012. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the highly competitive program supports U.S. citizens to engage in study, research, or teaching assistantships abroad.
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Awards Presented to JRF Scholars

Four Jackie Robinson Scholars received sponsor-led awards at the Mentoring and Leadership Conference held in New York City March 3-6th. The scholars received the awards during the "Family Luncheon" hosted by Atlanta news anchor DeMarco Morgan. Troy White, a marketing major in his senior year at Northern Illinois University, received the 2012 Nike Prize. UCLA Senior Ashley Williams received the Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award. Syracuse University Junior Olevia Mitchell received the coveted Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award and Baylor University's Prince Adotoma received the prestigious Ralph E. Ward Achievement Award. Awardees received cash ranging from $1000 to $10,000.
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JRF Alumni Spotlight

As a child, Andia Winslow dreamt of taking to the skies to continue the legacy established by her late grandfather Colonel Robert V. Winslow, a Tuskegee Airman and proud US Air Force serviceman. Although, as a young adult, she set her sights instead on a career as a professional golfer, she was proud to accept her grandfather's Congressional Gold Medal of Honor on behalf of her family. This commitment to service and leadership has been the undercurrent in all of her ventures since childhood.
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A Winning Day at Citi Field

Kids from all over New York City gathered to take part in a day of activities meant to motivate them by teaching them about the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson. The program, known as Citi Field Kids Day, is now in its third year.
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