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Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers is an educational program led by Sharon Robinson, daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. The program is designed to teach students in Grades 4 through 9 about the obstacles faced by Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.

Students compete by writing essays that illustrate how they were able to overcome obstacles or barriers in their own lives through the example set forth by Robinson, focusing on nine values he demonstrated: citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork.