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Foundation Events

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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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JRF Mourns the Death of Former President Betty 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 second president in 1987 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. She also spearheaded the start of the JRF Alumni Association. In 1987, she led the fortieth year commemoration of Jackie Robinson's barrier-breaking entry into major league baseball by engaging the Coca-Cola Company to sponsor the "Jackie Robinson: An American Journey" exhibition, which traveled to seven major cities in three years.
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Extra Innings Fellows Selected for 2013

Seven Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Alumni have been named Extra Innings Fellows for 2013. They are: Sidra Bonner,(’12), who will study medicine and public health at the University of California, San Francisco; Xiao Jun Jiang, (’09), who will work towards his MBA at Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business; Vanessa Obas,('11), who will study medicine at the University of Florida; Aaron Ragsdale,(’11), who will pursue a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University; James Salazar, (’12), who will study medicine at the University of California at San Francisco; Christopher Scott,(’13), who will study law at the University of Minnesota; and Chiemela Ubagharaji,(’12), who will study medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

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Spotlight on JRF Alumnus Harold Allen

This week, we turn our spotlight on JRF Alumnus Harold Allen. Harold was a Jackie Robinson Scholar from 2000-2004. A graduate of Howard University, Harold received a degree in chemical engineering. Sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals, he joined the Air Products Career Development Program eight years ago navigating assignments in engineering, sales and operations. These days, Harold focuses on energy sector operations management, supporting the oil and gas industry. He has held positions in Texas, Louisiana, and The Netherlands. Harold recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay area where he serves as the Site Supervisor of a refinery-hosted hydrogen production facility. Harold is JRF’s Scholar Advisory Committee Chair in the newly organized Pacific Northwest region.
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New Era Cap Celebrates JRF Founder

Mayor Byron Brown declared June 17, 2013 Rachel Robinson Day in his city of Buffalo. Mrs. Robinson traveled to the state's second most populous city at the invitation of JRF Board member and New Era Cap's CEO Christopher Koch. At the opening of the company's annual sales meeting, best selling author Jonathan Mahler conducted an hour long interview with the wife of the legendary baseball hall of famer and civil rights leader. Over 300 New Era staff listened intently as Mrs. Robinson shared stories of her life with Jackie Robinson as well as her efforts to keep her husband's remarkable legacy alive. In April, New Era paid tribute to Jackie Robinson as part of its "First Changes Everything" campaign.
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