JRF Scholars and Alumni took part in Citi Field Kids, an educational and motivational community-based initiative for New York City school students developed by Citi in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Edwin Arnes, Koryalys Edwards, Mercedes Hobson, Andia Winslow, Linnetta De La Cruz represented the Foundation and talked about Jackie Robinson’s barrier breaking role in baseball and civil rights.
“Once again, we are delighted to partner with Citi on this wonderful program,” said Jackie Robinson Foundation President and CEO Della Britton Baeza . “JRF Scholars and Alumni take pride in sharing the rich legacy of Jackie Robinson particularly with those youngsters who know little about him and his impact on baseball and society.”
The event took place before the final game of the series between the NY Mets and the Cincinnati Reds. Referring to “Jackie’s Nine Values”, Future Mets Hall of Famer John Franco was on hand to share his own personal story. "When you have the determination to do something you want to do –you do it,” Franco told the youngsters. “I used to ask the scouts what the difference between myself and a taller player throwing a 93 mile per hour fastball and they couldn’t tell me."
JRF Scholars and Alumni took the Citi Field kids on a pre-game tour of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and the Mets Hall of Fame, JRF Alumnus Edwin Arnes, II, (pictured in center) who attended Penn State, quizzed the kids on different aspects of Robinson’s life and career. The Mets won 9-4.