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JACKIE ROBINSON BREAKING BARRIERS CONTEST


The 2017 MLB & Scholastic Breaking Barriers Essay Contest was open to all students in grades 4 through 9. This was a chance for students to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are currently facing in their lives and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson (citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork) to deal with those challenges.

Congratulations to Shaler Area Middle School for submitting the most essay entries in our area. To celebrate their accomplishment, the Pirates hosted a school assembly with their seventh and eighth grade participants.

The Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life is an educational program designed to teach young students about the obstacles Mr. Robinson faced as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. All students in grades 4 through 9 are encouraged to participate by submitting an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are currently facing in their lives and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson (citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork) to deal with those challenges.

Please check back for 2018 Essay Contest information. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Joel Gray at joel.gray@pirates.com.

For more information on Jackie Robinson and his impact on Major League Baseball, please visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/jrd/.