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.
Surrounded by larger-than-life-sized images of Jackie Robinson, JRF Scholars and alumni provided guided tours of Citi Field’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda for groups of UNH students. The Scholars and alumni also shared insights into the life of the legendary ball player and civil rights leader who broke baseball's color barrier some 66 years ago. Alumnus Cory Adams (North Carolina A&T '06) was the featured speaker at the main event and extolled the virtues of education and promoted the values embodied in Jackie Robinson’s life. Cory was joined by Cinneah El-Amin (Barnard '16), Jasmayne McDonald (Northwestern '12), Erika Taylor (George Washington '07), Kayasha Lyons (Dartmouth '12), Erwin Cifuentes (Florida International ’01) as well as representatives of Citi, UNH and the Mets organization. After the tours and formal program, the UNH students and their new JRF mentors enjoyed the Mets/LA Dodgers game in the stadium. The next Citi Field Kids Day will be August 29th. The Citi Field Kids Days build on the Mets' longstanding relationship with and generous support of JRF. Both the Mets and Citi support JRF’s Mentoring and Leadership Development Program as well as the Jackie Robinson Museum project.