Top Athletes Sign On to Support the Jackie Robinson Foundation

November 11, 2013– In celebration of the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s 40th anniversary, JRF launched a scholarship initiative to engage professional ball players. “Pitch 42″ is a collective of forwardthinking professional athletes, beginning with top baseball players, who honor Jackie Robinson’s legacy by supporting JRF’s mission. On November 12, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm at the Foundation’s headquarters located at 75 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, LaTroy Hawkins (NY Mets) and American League Golden Glove awardee Orlando Hudson will be among those players on hand to receive Rachel Robinson’s and the Foundation’s public gratitude for their support.

To date, “Pitch 42″ players who support JRF Scholars are:

Michael Bourn (Cleveland Indians)
Royce Clayton (retired)
Carl Crawford (Los Angeles Dodgers)
LaTroy Hawkins & Family (New York Mets)
Orlando Hudson (retired)
Edwin Jackson (Chicago Cubs)
Derek Jeter (New York Yankees)
Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles)
Michael Jordan (retired)
Matthew Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers)
David Price (Tampa Bay Rays)
Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia Phillies)
CC Sabathia (New York Yankees)
BJ Upton (Atlanta Braves)
Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves)
Vernon Wells (New York Yankees)
Jerome L. Williams (Los Angeles Angels)

Dusty Baker (retired), Yu Darvish (Texas Rangers), Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves), Torii Hunter (Detroit Tigers), and Brad Zeigler (Arizona Diamondbacks) have also made generous contributions supporting JRF’s important mission.

“It is exciting to see such a terrific group of professional athletes, leaders in their own right, support our mission and the enduring legacy of the Jackie Robinson” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “I am often asked whether professional athletes support us, and, honestly, the biggest challenge is actually getting to the players to engage them. So it is particularly gratifying to be able to name these players who have ‘stepped up to the plate’ to lend support and encourage the young people we serve to achieve and embrace the values embodied in the life of our hero and namesake.”

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation:

Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation’s premier higher education and leadership development program. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation equips its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including internship placement, 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. This 2013-2014 academic year, JRF is providing generous financial aid and program support to 200 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars representing 30 states and the District of Columbia and enrolled in 87 different colleges and universities across the country.