At a news conference recently held at its New York headquarters, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) announced the launch of its “Pitch 42” initiative, designed to engage more professional athletes in its mission to close the achievement gap in higher education.
Joining JRF board co-chairs Len Coleman and Gregg Gonsalves and President and CEO Della Britton Baeza were MLB relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins and four-time Gold Glove Awardee Orlando Hudson , who represented the inaugural group of “Pitch 42” members. Hawkins and Hudson were on hand to tell members of the media why they support JRF's new initiative "Pitch 42."
The two players, along with Hawkins’ wife Regina, represented 16 active and retired major league players who signed on this year to honor Jackie Robinson’s legacy by sponsoring a JRF “Scholar” through college.
(pictured above l-r: Gold Glove awardee Orlando Hawkins, JRF Scholars Morgan Speers, Koryalys Edwards, Briana Burroughs, Samantha Newcomb, Rollie Hampton and relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins)