• Events
  • Events
  • Events

Foundation Events

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.
Read More

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."
Read More

JRF Closes out Citi Field Kids 2013 Season Joining Mets LaTroy Hawkins and Robert Carson

On August 29th, over 200 teens from the YMCA of Greater New York were treated to a day at Citi Field, but the day offered much more than a baseball game. As part of this fifth season of the “Citi Field Kids” community-based program, NYC teens were given a tour of Citi Field’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda, located at the entrance to the stadium, before enjoying the game and meeting Mets’ reliever and Jackie Robinson Foundation sponsor LaTroy Hawkins and pitcher Robert Carson.
Read More

2013 Summer Experiences Further Enrich JRF Scholars and Alumni

As Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars head back to campus, we thought we’d share just some of the rich summer experiences they have enjoyed, as they continue to make us proud and confident in the leadership they will go on to provide to our communities and country.
Read More

JRF Scholars and Alumni “Meet Up” at the March on Washington

Over a dozen JRF Scholars, Alumni and friends of the Foundation came together on Saturday, August 24th to march in the footsteps of the Robinson family who, 50 years ago, took part in the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “The (1963) March on Washington was my brothers’ and my introduction to the Civil Rights movement, said Sharon Robinson, JRF Vice-chair and daughter of the famed baseball icon and civil rights leader. “That’s why the 50th anniversary means a great deal to me. It not only changed America but it changed my family.”
Read More

Foundation Takes Part in Jackie Robinson-Pee Wee Reese Statue Rededication

Director of Communications Allison J. Davis represented JRF at the re-dedication of the statue of Jackie Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese outside MCU Park in Brooklyn on August 19th. Originally unveiled in 2005, Rachel Robinson and Dottie Reese, wife of Pee Wee Reese, as well as representatives of the Foundation, took part in that historic first viewing and ceremony. Nearly eight years later, on August the 7th, the statue was found vandalized with spray-painted swastikas and racist slurs that specifically referenced Jackie Robinson.
Read More

JRF Scholar to Run for Newark City Council

Rashawn Davis is a Jackie Robinson Scholar from Newark, New Jersey, attending Georgetown University. A senior, Rashawn is majoring in Government and hopes to one day become the Mayor of Newark. At age 20, he is planning a run in 2014 for a City Council seat representing the West Ward.
Read More

Supporters of JRF Offer $40,000 Reward for Vandals of Jackie Robinson-Pee Wee Reese Statue

Two friends of the Foundation have offered a combined $40,000 reward for those responsible for defacing the Jackie Robinson-Pee Wee Reese statue outside of the Cyclone’s ballpark in Coney Island this week. JRF Board member and Jackie Robinson Museum Campaign chair Joe Plumeri and an anonymous donor each pledged $20,000 to the effort citing their outrage over this expression of bigotry and hatred.
Read More

Spotlight on JRF Board Member Byron Spruell

Deloitte LLP has named JRF Board Member Byron Spruell to head its expanded Central region, consolidating three managing director positions. Previously, Byron, a 17-year veteran of the professional services organization, was global managing director of financial advisory for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. and chief of staff to its CEO, former JRF Board member Barry Salzberg.
Read More

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Announces First Round of New JRF Scholars

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has made its first round of selections for the new college Scholars’ Class of 2017. This new class will join 129 JRF undergraduate Scholars and 11 graduate Fellows, bringing the total to 194 minority students sponsored by the JRF and its partners for the new academic year. The highly coveted JRF Scholarship provides $30,000 in grants over four years and a host of services and support, including internship placement, to select college-bound students who demonstrate leadership potential and financial need.
Read More