The Breaking Barriers essay contest requires students, grades 4 through 9, to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson to deal with those obstacles. Sharon Robinson, Consultant, Community Affairs and Educational Programming for Major League Baseball, and daughter of Jackie Robinson, developed and consults on the program.
Celebrating its 19th year, the Breaking Barriers essay contest has reached more than 22 million children and 2.9 million educators in the continental U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. It asks students in grades four through nine to submit an essay describing their experiences in overcoming barriers or obstacles they have faced, or are still facing in their lives, by using the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. These values are citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork.
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Raymond Beasley V and Michael Andaloro have been named the two grand prize winners of the national Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, and the two young men will be feted by Major League Baseball and introduced to the world at both the 2014 All-Star Game and the 2014 World Series.