Richmond Heights 7th-grader wins MLB award, recognized at Progressive Field

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Richmond Heights seventh-grader Jordan Edith got an unusual call at school last week.

She didn’t know quite who it was at first, but she quickly put it together: It was Sharon Robinson, the daughter of MLB pioneer Jackie Robinson, whose life was celebrated this week throughout baseball for breaking the sport’s color barrier.

Ms. Robinson was calling Jordan to tell her she’d won an award in the league’s “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” educational program.

Jordan submitted a heartfelt essay to Major League Baseball detailing obstacles she’s overcome in her life, and she won second place among entrants in Grades 6-8. She and her family were guests of the Indians on Friday night before the Tribe’s game vs. the Blue Jays. She watched batting practice on the field with her parents and siblings, and will be recognized on the scoreboard before the game as well.

“I was confused about the call at first, but once I realized what it was about I was very happy,” said Jordan, who is in the gifted program at Richmond Heights Secondary.

The “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life” essay contest was created in 1997 as MLB’s cornerstone educational program. In conjunction with Ms. Robinson, the program has reached more than 22 million students in the United States.

The contest asks students in grades 4-9 to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they overcame those obstacles using the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson: commitment, citizenship, courage, determination, excellence, justice, persistence, teamwork and integrity.

Also on Friday, the Indians celebrated Jackie Robinson, with a 2-minute video tribute and a presentation to the team’s Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner as part of the Commissioner’s Office Diverse Business Partner program, which began in 1998. All players on all teams wore No. 42 this week to commemorate Robinson’s breaking the color barrier on April 15, 1947. The Indians and Tigers, postponed on Tuesday, wore No. 42 on Wednesday.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

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