Today we honor a real hero...

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    Before Ellsbury...
    Before Kemp...
    Before Ichiro, Mo and Thomas...
    Before Gywnn...
    Before Ozzie...
    Before Murray and Carew...
    Before Frank...
    Before Ernie...
    Before Aaron and Mays...


    There was Jackie.

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    Jackie Robinson Day

    On April 15th, baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day

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    Ahh one of the major problems with our culture.
    We have forgotten what real heroes are.
    They are not people who play a game for a living.

    They are those who worked long and hard so that you could go get a better education than they ever had a chance to get.
    They are those who help the needy, sick and helpless.
    And this is just a sample of what REAL heroes are.
     
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    You really don't know the Jackie Robinson story, do you? How small minded of you...

    "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives"
    Jackie Robinson

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    Described in The New York Times in 2008 as what "might be the best educational effort in the country," the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a national, not–for–profit, organization founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson through the advancement of higher education among underserved populations. Uniquely, JRF provides generous four–year college scholarships in conjunction with a comprehensive set of skills and opportunities to disadvantaged students of color to ensure their success in college and to develop their leadership potential. JRF's hands–on, four–year program includes peer and professional mentoring, internship placement, extensive leadership training, international travel and community service options, the conveyance of practical life skills, and a myriad of networking opportunities. JRF's strategic combination of financial assistance and support services results consistently in a nearly 100% college graduation rate.


    President John F. Kennedy
    Remarks at Amherst College
    October 26, 1963

    "In America, our heroes have customarily run to men of large accomplishments. But today this college and country honors a man whose contribution was not to our size but to our spirit, not to our political beliefs but to our insight, not to our self-esteem, but to our self- comprehension. The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

    Our national strength matters, but the spirit which informs and controls our strength matters just as much."
     
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