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Former MLB Player and Manager Dusty Baker Receives Chairman's Award

It was a festive evening at JRF’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan, where a capacity crowd gathered to celebrate Jackie Robinson’s 95th birthday and pay tribute to winning Major League Baseball player and manager Dusty Baker.
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JRF Freshman Gives Hugs for Ghana

After the first semester in college, most freshmen look forward to a needed break before heading back to school for the spring term. But Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholar Joel Bervell (Yale’17) ushered in the New Year by delivering stuffed animals to children in the pediatric ward of an Accra hospital and visiting orphanages and schools in his native Ghana. It was all part of "Hugs for Ghana", an organization that Joel co-founded with his sister Rachel, a Harvard University senior.
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JRF Alumna Finds Innovative Ways to Keep America Fit

Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Alumna Andia Winslow says it is hard to believe that she has been out of college for almost a decade. But in that decade, Andia has managed to cram in nearly a lifetime of experiences. She was the first African American female to play Ivy League golf. Upon graduation, Andia entered the world of professional sports becoming the fourth African American woman to compete on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour. Andia has also been a filmmaker, author and even an Olympic hopeful, training to be a member of the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Team. Second thoughts about the sport’s high rate of accidents kept her from Sochi, Russia this winter. “The injuries you sustain in bobsled and skeleton can be catastrophic,” she said. “It wasn’t for me, but training was a great experience.”
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New York University Sophomore Dances with the Stars!

By day, Jackie Robinson Foundation/MLB Scholar Karissa Royster (seen above) is a student at New York University studying politics. But by night, the sophomore from San Antonio, Texas expresses her passions through the syncopated rhythms of tap dancing. "Dance is a nice escape from my academic studies," said Karissa. "It's great to have that balance of doing school-related things and having that artistic side."
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Change is a Struggle: JRF's Rashawn Davis at TEDx Georgetown

JRF Scholar Rashawn Davis is a Senior at Georgetown University from Newark, NJ majoring in Government and minoring in Justice and Peace Studies. Rashawn is currently running to become Newark's youngest City Council-member in the history of Newark, NJ. This past October, Rashawn took part in a TEDx program at Georgetown.
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The Jackie Robinson Foundation Salutes the Powerful Legacy of Nelson Mandela

As we contemplate and celebrate the monumental impact that Nelson Mandela had on all of mankind, we at the Jackie Robinson Foundation mourn the loss of his presence among us. A champion of reconciliation and freedom, President Mandela showed remarkable strength and grace even during the 27 years he remained isolated behind prison bars.
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National History Day Project and Jackie Robinson: Next Webinar Scheduled for January 9th

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day by choosing to study the historic, cultural and social experiences of the pas. Many have chosen to study the barrier-breaking feats of baseball player and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is poised to help those students as they begin to conduct their extensive research. Join us for our next webinar. This webinar allows attendees to hear from a noted historian about Jackie Robinson and his role in American society. Attendees will see an introductory presentation about Jackie Robinson and his life and will be able to ask questions of the moderator. During the first part of the webinar, (10-15 minutes) Dr. Yohuru Williams, Chief Historian for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, will make a brief presentation on Jackie Robinson’s life and legacy. The remainder of the time is designated for a question and answer period. Participants are invited to ask questions based on the presentation or their own research interests. The format is especially helpful for students working on projects for National History Day or research papers on Jackie Robinson.
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JRF Scholar Travels the Globe Seeking Answers to Climate Change

Brown University junior Kenya Wright won't be home for the holidays. The JRF/Joseph Plumeri Scholar has been traveling the globe studying climate change. Kenya is part of a new International Honors Program sponsored by SIT Study Abroad. The program offers undergraduates and graduate students academic programs in nearly 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Before this business major returns home, she will have studied in countries as far east as Vietnam and as far south as Bolivia.
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Three Industry Leaders Join the Jackie Robinson Foundation Board of Directors

At its annual Fall board meeting, Kees Kruythoff, Sobani M. Warner and Richard J. Blank, were elected to the Board of Directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) to terms that begin immediately.
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JRF's "Pitch 42" Launched with Major Leaguers LaTroy Hawkins and Orlando Hudson; Board Co-chair Leonard S. Coleman, Jr. Announces Initiative

At a news conference recently held at its New York headquarters, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) announced the launch of its “Pitch 42” initiative, designed to engage more professional athletes in its mission to close the achievement gap in higher education.


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