(pictured in the background l-r: JRF staffers Le Ann Church, John Shaw and Damian Travier)
In the last Citi Field Kids event of the 2012 season, Olympic Gold Medal winner Gabrielle Douglas shared her inspiring story with over 200 youngsters from New York City area schools. The 16 year old Douglas, who won the all-around individual women's gold medal in gymnastics at the London Games was also part of the gold medal-winning U.S. squad that won the team competition. In her remarks, she passed along her gratitude to the Mets and to the Jackie Robinson Foundation noting that pioneering athletes like Jackie Robinson paved the way for her. She told the Citi Field Kids that they could achieve their goals with hard work and determination.
“We were so thrilled to meet Gabby,” said Damian Travier, JRF’s Director of Leadership Development. “Her message was not only inspiring to the Citi Field Kids, but to all of us who were present.” Now in its fourth season, Citi Field Kids is an educational and motivational community-based initiative for New York City middle and high school students developed by Citi in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Mets. Citi Field Kids was launched on April 15, 2009, in conjunction with Major League Baseball's annual Jackie Robinson Day.