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- Updated: April 12, 2016
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced that they would be financing 4 one million dollar scholarships for each of the league’s 30 teams.The MLB is also donating another million dollars for a Jackie Robinson museum in New York City.
Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s barrier on April 15, 1947. His number 42 is retired in memory of his achievements, including a .311 batting avg. and World Series crown with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.
Commissioner of baseball Rob Manfred stated earlier this week that the MLB and baseball desires to “reflect Jackie’s vision for our American society and positively impact future generations.”
Apart of Tuesday’s press release, Major League Baseball said Robinson scholars will guide children within community programs like Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, MLB Urban Youth Academies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
MLB has previously donated more than $15 million to the Jackie Robinson foundation’s scholarship program and for his museum. The foundation is 3 million dollars away from its 24 million dollar budget to build the museum. This foundation supports over 225 students yearly, and will continue to try to add more to that number in the near future.
Photo by Bob Sandberg – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Robinson#/media/File:Jrobinson.jpg