Citi Kids inspired by legendary Jackie Robinson

Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 while playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  He credits his success, as an athlete, an African American and a man, to 9 principles and ideals by which he lived his whole life.

Citi Field Kids teamed up with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the United Housing Project to motivate and inspire over 150 young children during a one day program that not only gave them a day filled with fun but an educational message that will last forever.  6 times a year, during the baseball season, Citi Field Kids (CFK) invites approximately 200 kids to tour the Rotunda, listen to motivating guest speakers and catch a Mets game.

His wife, Rachel Robinson helped create the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field, proud home of the New York Mets, to continue to remind people young and old that there are no limits to what they can achieve and that dreams can come true. As we glanced up at the 9 principles displayed on the walls of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, we couldn’t help to feel inspired. Recipients of the Jackie Robinson Scholarship conducted the tours and explained how they were chosen to receive the scholarships because they demonstrated how they lived by Jackie Robinson’s principles and were successful by doing so.

The 9 principles: Excellence, Citizenship, Commitment, Determination, Persistence, Courage, Integrity, Teamwork and Justice are beautifully displayed on the floor as you peruse the Rotunda.

We spoke with some children from the Beacon program at IS 5 in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Here are some of their thoughtful comments from the day:

“He died too young. More people could have learned from him. Now they’ll have to just listen to his words.”

“He broke the color barrier, and wasn’t afraid to play with the white players.”

“Jackie Robinson taught me I can do anything I want to do, but I have to work hard!”

After the presentations, we met the famous mascot of the NY Mets, Mr. Met, and then we had time (after the 2 hour rain delay!)  to catch a ballgame, NY Mets VS Oakland A’s. What a way to end an afternoon of education, fun and inspiration!

Integrity in life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. ~Jackie Robinson.


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