The Jackie Robinson Foundation is a public, not-for-profit national organization founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson. Serving as an advocate for young people with the greatest need, the foundation assists increasing numbers of minority youths through the granting of four-year scholarships for higher education.

In 2007, JRF will establish The Jackie Robinson Foundation Museum and Education Center in New York City. For more information about the Jackie Robinson Foundation, please visit:


Each day, we all face some barrier, but it’s how we approach that barrier that really matters. It begins with loving ourselves and striving toward excellence in everything we do. It continues with self confidence that’s gained from each small victory; and the strength that is gathered with each challenge.

-Sharon Robinson

In Sports, In Life was created and developed by Major League Baseball and Scholastic Inc. in 1997. Breaking Barriers teaches students the characteristics and values that Jackie Robinson exhibited in his life. The nationwide program instructs 4th – 8th grade students on how to use these nine values to face and overcome the barriers in their lives. 

At the heart of the program is the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. This contest gives students the opportunity to share stories about barriers they have faced in their lives. Essay winners could win:

  • A trip to Major League Baseball’s “All Star Game”
  • A laptop computer for the student and one of their teachers;
  • A visit from me along with a class set of my book
  • Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America.