Raffle winners of player-signed “42” jerseys take part in special Cardinals’ pre-game ceremony on July 18, 2014
ST. LOUIS, MO (August 6, 2014) — For the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier (April 15, 1947), the St. Louis Cardinals, On the Run and Anheuser-Busch teamed up for the seventh straight year to support The Jackie Robinson Foundation and Cardinals Care, raising $46,000 for the two foundations.
Each year during Jackie Robinson Day, the annual tribute to a pivotal moment in baseball and civil rights’ history, all Major League Baseball players and coaches wear Jackie Robinson’s iconic uniform number, “42.” Once again this year, Cardinals players autographed their game-worn jerseys, which were then raffled off through On the Run stores in the region. Proceeds from the raffle benefit local Jackie Robinson Foundation college Scholars and Cardinals Care. Additionally, Anheuser-Busch made a $15,000 donation to benefit scholars.
“We are grateful to the Cardinals, On the Run, and Anheuser-Busch for their generous support of the Jackie Robinson Foundation,” said Della Britton-Baeza, President and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. “It means a lot to us that, for seven years now, funds raised by these partners on Jackie Robinson Day have helped us provide financial assistance, leadership and job training and critical mentorship for minority students in higher education.”
The winners of the raffle were presented the jerseys in a special on-field ceremony prior to the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers game on July 18.
Over the past six seasons, the Jackie Robinson Day Jersey raffle has raised over $400,000.
The raffle program was made possible by a partnership between Wallis Companies, the Regional Franchise Developer for On the Run, the St. Louis Cardinals, Anheuser-Busch and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation’s premier education and leadership development program. In addition to financial assistance, the Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including mentoring, career guidance and practical life skills, resulting in a nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. The over 1,400 JRF alumni are both leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service. Last academic year (2013-14), JRF provided more than $3 million in scholarship assistance and program support to 200 students across the country. For more information about the Jackie Robinson Foundation: www.jackierobinson.org
About Cardinals Care
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $20 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 2014 marks the 11th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.