For the 11th straight year, the Boston Red Sox held their annual event on Jackie Robinson's birthday to celebrate the life the legend. This year, Robinson's son David decided to join the festivities. David Robinson participated by visiting Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park and McCormack Middle School in Dorchester. The purpose of the event is to educated young students of Jackie Robinson's legacy and the bravery that it took to break the color barrier in professional baseball.
In the past, the Red Sox have had participants that include Robinson's daughter Sharon, former Negro League star Buck O'Neil, author Roger Kahn and various others. This year is the first time that David Robinson has given a helping hand. Sox Senior Advisor to the President/CEO Charles A. Steinberg had this to say about the event:
“When our new ownership arrived in 2002, they knew they were inheriting a franchise with a past that was in some ways glorious, and in some ways ignominious,"
“They charged us with confronting the past and ushering in a new day," Steinberg continued. "We believe that Boston children should learn the story of Robinson, what he endured, and how his character led him to succeed in what many consider the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. Children are free to dream of any career, and to pursue those dreams and careers, thanks in part to Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. It’s an important story to tell. Hollywood will do so in grand style this April, and we are doing so in our intimate, grass roots style (Thursday).”