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Foundation Events

JRF Scholars and Alumni Inspire Youngsters at Citi Field Kids Day

For the 4th year in a row, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and alumni served as mentors and tour guides to middle and high school students visiting Citi Field for an afternoon of inspiration and baseball. On April 25th, 200 youngsters from the United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH) were part of the Citi Field Kids program, launched in 2009 by Citi, the Mets, UNH and the Jackie Robinson Foundation to inspire and motivate New York City students to reach their full potential.
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JRF Luminary Gregg Gonsalves Elected Co-Chair of Foundation Board

Gregg Gonsalves has been elected co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Gregg, an alumnus of JRF (Class of ’89) and a board member of the Foundation since 2006, is an investor with Integrated Capital LLC, a leading, hotel-focused, private real estate advisory and investment firm. Prior to joining Integrated Capital LLC, he was a Managing Director in Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Real Estate Group and Mergers Leadership Group, and was named Partner in 2004, responsible for Goldman’s Real Estate Merger & Acquisition Business.
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Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and Alumni Take Part in Nationwide Jackie Robinson Day Ceremonies

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and alumni were on the field in the nation’s stadiums as Major League Baseball (MLB) and the teams hosted the annual Jackie Robinson Day event that pays tribute to our beloved namesake Jackie Robinson. All of the players, managers and officials of 18 of the 30 teams wore the number 42 on Monday, April 15th, the 66th anniversary of Robinson’s heroic entry into the major leagues that broke the color barrier in baseball and forever changed the social landscape of the country. Other teams “followed suit” on Tuesday, April 16th. Forty JRF Scholars and alumni participated in pre-game ceremonies celebrating “JR Day”.
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Joseph J. Plumeri to Chair Jackie Robinson Museum Campaign

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has announced that Joseph J. Plumeri, global business leader and serving member of the Foundation board, will chair the Jackie Robinson Museum capital campaign to build a museum commemorating the life and legacy of a true American hero. In addition, Plumeri has made a personal pledge of $2 million.
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Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars Join First Lady at Special “42” Screening and Panel Discussion

Six Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars were among those attending a special White House screening and panel discussion of the movie “42” on April 2. Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and accompanied by Jackie Robinson Foundation President and CEO Della Britton Baeza, JRF Scholars Rashawn Davis (Georgetown ’14), Adrienne Edwards(Penn ’13), Kyle Hutzler (Yale ’14), Jamille Jamison(Howard ’15), Kyle Nichols (Howard ’16) and Danielle Pingue (Princeton ’13) joined 80 students to watch the movie and listen as “42” writer-director Brian Helgeland, cast members Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman and JRF Founder Rachel Robinson shared their insights about the film’s genesis and the enormous impact the iconic Jackie Robinson had on this nation’s history.
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JRF Scholar Shares Opinions Worthy of National Media Outlet

Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholar and Yale Junior Kyle Hutzler is making his voice heard nationwide. The Huffington Post news website has featured Kyle’s entries in its Washington, D.C., section. Kyle’s latest blog offers “8 suggestions to save the Washington Post”. Writes Hutzler, The Post's chief failure is that it has steadfastly remained a metropolitan newspaper in a world in which only national or local papers will remain viable.
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JRF Scholars Receive Prestigious Awards at 2013 Mentoring and Leadership Conference

Four JRF Scholars and an alumnae received extraordinary recognition during this year’s Mentoring and Leadership Conference, accepting cash awards for their academic performance and exemplary service to their communities.
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JRF Bestows Coveted Awards on Four Trailblazers

At a star-studded gala held at the Waldorf=Astoria on Monday, March 4th, the Jackie Robinson Foundation presented its coveted 2013 ROBIE Awards to a group of distinguished leaders in the field of business, education and entertainment. The iconic event paid tribute to individuals who embody the humanitarian ideals of Jackie Robinson, and raised funds for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. JRF provides generous, four-year college scholarships, graduate school grants, and comprehensive mentoring services to academically-distinguished minority students with financial need and leadership capacity.


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Special Web Section: 2013 Annual Scholars’ Mentoring and Leadership Conference held Feb. 28 - March 4th

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Mentoring and Leadership Conference (MLC) is the hallmark of JRF’s model program. This year’s conference was held in New York City from February 28th to March 4th . The theme is “Legacy” and JRF Scholars took part in four days of developmental workshops, career exploration seminars, meetings with key public and private sector leaders, cultural and recreational outings and practical life skills classes. The Conference also provided a unique opportunity for JRF sponsors to interact with Scholars in both professional and social settings.
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JRF President and CEO Receives the Amtrak Pioneer Award at Special NY Knicks Ceremony

Before a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden, Jackie Robinson President and CEO Della Britton Baeza was presented with the Amtrak Pioneer Award for her outstanding community contributions and leadership of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The award ceremony held on Sunday, February 24th, was part of the month-long Black History celebration and is presented to an individual who initiates change for the betterment of their community in which they live through their job, volunteerism or by creating new charities and community programs.
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