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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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Navigating the Foster Care System, JRF Alumna Mercedes Hobson Triumphs

From time to time, we feature a JRF Scholar or alumnus who we think you should know. Today, we point our spotlight towards Mercedes Hobson. Mercedes is from Banning, California and is a 2013 graduate of New York Law School. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2008. Mercedes is now a patent prosecution contractor for IBM.
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Japan Welcomes JRF Founder Rachel Robinson

Warner Bros. Japan hosted JRF Founder Rachel Robinson and daughter Sharon Robinson recently in advance of the November 1st opening of the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" in Japan. While there, the Robinsons joined the film’s Screenwriter and Director Brian Helgeland and Warner Bros executives for Game 1 of the Climax Series at the Tokyo Dome.
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Professional Ball Players Sign on to Support JRF

In celebration of the Jackie Robinson Foundation's 40th anniversary, JRF launched a scholarship initiative to engage professional ball players. "Pitch 42" is a collective of forward-thinking professional athletes, beginning with top baseball players, who support JRF’s mission and honor Jackie Robinson’s legacy through the sponsorship of a JRF Scholar.
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Review the 2013-2014 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Application

High School seniors interested in applying to become a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar can now review the scholarship application online. The form cannot be filled out and submitted until November 1st, but qualified students can become familiar with what is required to successfully apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.
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JRF Alumna Organizes "42" Movie Screening

JRF Alumna Sharae Moultrie ('12) mobilized her colleagues at JPMorgan Chase’s minority affinity group, known as BOLD, to sponsor a special viewing on October 1st of Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros’ acclaimed film “42,” written and directed by Brian Helgeland. Prior to the screening, Sharae shared her personal story of the impact the Foundation has had on her life and career. Describing how the Foundation prepared her for the rigors of working in the financial sector, the University of South Carolina graduate told the crowd, "I would not be where I am today had it not been for the Jackie Robinson Foundation."
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JRF Scholar and Alumnus Chosen For Prestigious Public Service Positions

Scholar Charles Nwaogu ('14), a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, has been chosen to take part in the coveted White House Internship Program . Charles is studying Government and Arabic Language and Literature and is expected to receive degrees in both this May. The White House Internship Program is designed to cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Charles has been assigned to work in the area of African American Affairs in the Office of Public Engagement. He follows JRF Alumnus Rayshon Payton , who was awarded a White House Internship in 2013.
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Robinsons Join New York Yankees In Honoring Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera

JRF Founder Rachel Robinson, Foundation Board Vice-chair Sharon Robinson and JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza were on hand at Yankee Stadium Sunday, September 22nd to pay tribute to the last Major League ball player to wear the number 42 – Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera. But it was Rivera who began his special day by paying tribute to the Foundation’s iconic namesake, Jackie Robinson.
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JRF Remembers Betty Phillips Adams

The Jackie Robinson Foundation deeply mourns the death of its former president Betty Phillips Adams. Adams died in New York City on July 5th. Betty Adams became JRF's president in 1986 and led the Foundation for a decade. Adams' tenure was pivotal in the development of the Foundation's robust education and leadership program that accompanies the generous scholarship grants given out each year. Said JRF Founder Rachel Robinson , "Betty was an integral part of the tremendous growth of the Foundation and in carrying forth Jack's legacy. The Foundation and I, personally, are deeply saddened by her untimely death."
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2013 Highlights

“42” – On DVD and Blu-ray

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Celebrates its 40th Anniversary