Northern Illinois University Senior Receives 2012 Nike Prize

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Troy White is 4th Recipient of Prestigious Award

Troy White, a marketing major in his senior year at Northern Illinois University received the 2012 Nike Prize during the Jackie Robinson Foundation Mentoring and Leadership Conference held March 1‐6 in New York City.

Created in 2008, the Nike Prize grants $1,000 annually to the JRF scholar‐athlete who exemplifies through his or her actions, the ways in which commitment, advocacy, and innovation can unite and challenge a community to change.

White, a second Team All- Mid American Conference performer at Northern Illinois, also played for the Battle Creek Bombers in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. He earned several citations for outstanding academic performance including 2011 Academic All‐ Mid‐American Conference; 2011 Mid‐American Conference Honor Roll; and 2011 Mid‐American Conference Commissioner’s Award. His accomplishments have allowed him to appreciate the opportunity to study and play collegiate baseball while never losing sight of the importance of mainatining academic excellence.

“With our partners and supporters, we are delighted to recognize the extraordinary achievements of these future leaders,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “Like Jackie Robinson, Troy White has worked hard on the baseball field and in the classroom. We are delighted that he intends to spread the message of excellence to youngsters who will most certainly follow his lead in the years to come.”

The Chicago native plans to use his degree to establish a baseball academy in his hometown to help bring more African Americans to the game of baseball. He also hopes to teach them of various career opportunities in sports outside of playing.