Kim Ng catches up with Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar

September 20th, 2022

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Natalia Wilson, the inaugural Marlins Jackie Robinson Foundation Legacy scholar, met with general manager Kim Ng on the field before a game recently at Nationals Park.

Launched in 2020, the Marlins Jackie Robinson Foundation Legacy Scholarship is a $20,000 annual scholarship in perpetuity to a deserving African American student from South Florida who demonstrates Robinson's nine values. The contribution supports the JRF Scholarship program, which is designed not only to address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college, but also to guide them throughout their college careers with a mentoring and internship program.

"It's a tremendous honor, such an important thing the Marlins are doing with their partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation," said Wilson, who is in her second year majoring in political science and pre-law at Howard University. "As the first one, I get to represent the foundation's legacy, giving back to my community, getting to come to games like this and represent Jackie Robinson. It's such a great honor."

Wilson, who is from Coral Springs, Fla., admitted she wasn't much of a baseball fan until becoming part of the foundation. During Wilson's time with Ng, they discussed her post-graduate goals of attending law school and becoming a U.S. senator.

"Just hearing some inspiration from her to keep going," Wilson said. "I have high aspirations. I want to be in the Supreme Court one day. Of course, [Ng has] broken a glass ceiling, but what she said that really stuck out to me was it's sad to hear that she's the first [female GM in North American male sports leagues], and I feel that way as well. It's been so long, and the fact that she's the first is sad but also amazing. Just hearing that aspect because there's a lot of work to do still."