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Empowerment

Providing access and opportunity to our youth through literacy, mentorship, college scholarships, and leadership development opportunities.

Miami Marlins Scholars

Miami Marlins Scholars is a needs-based academic scholarship. Scholarships are awarded annually in two key categories:

Legacy Scholars: Awarded to students who also have a commitment to making a significant impact in their community and live by Jackie Robinson's nine values.

  • Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarship                                      
  • RBI scholarship      

First Generation Scholars: Awarded to students who are first in their family to attend college.

  • FIU

Slugger Schoolhouse

The Miami Marlins Foundation Slugger Schoolhouse program brings together year-round resources from the Miami Marlins, MLB, and our partners to schools in our Marlins Park neighborhood.

Each year, we coordinate a minimum of one monthly touch point with the school throughout the year. Participating schools include Lenora B. Smith Elementary; Poinciana Park Elementary; and Kensington Park Elementary.

Back to School Distribution

The Miami Marlins Foundation, in partnership with The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, facilitates back to school distributions that provide students with school supplies in Miami-Dade and Broward County elementary schools.

We also support back to school supplies for veteran families through the United Way MISSION UNITED™ program.

Breaking Barriers Essay Contest

"Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life" is a baseball-themed character education program developed by Major League Baseball and Scholastic Inc., which uses America's Pastime, baseball, as the metaphor for life.

The Breaking Barriers essay contest asks students in grades four through nine to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles using the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson: citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork.

The contest will recognize ten national winners in 2019, which will include two Grand Prize winners and eight MVP Prize winners split between two separate grade groups (Grades 4-6 & Grades 7-9). All ten prize winners will receive a laptop computer, Breaking Barriers t-shirts and books for their class written by Sharon Robinson. 

Summer Sluggers

Each summer, students lose critical math and literacy skills, which can widen the achievement gap among students. To prevent this "summer slide," EVERFI has partnered with Major League Baseball to develop a continuous and engaging learning experience that prepares students of all backgrounds to enter the next school year on track.

The 18-week program, targeted to 4th and 5th graders, unlocks activities at regular intervals and offers rewards for progress and consistency along the way. Students can engage with content that reinforces critical math and language skills while enjoying the freedom and motivation of a baseball-themed, game-based learning experience.

Neighborhood Holiday Celebration

The Miami Marlins Foundation hosts an annual holiday neighborhood celebration at Marlins Park. Families enjoy holiday music, a holiday movie, and snacks. In addition, kids participate in arts and crafts.

Last year, Derek Jeter, Charles Johnson and Marlins front office staff distributed more than 200 gifts to children ages 1-15.