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Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest


This year, instead of our traditional program, we are encouraging our local schools and students to participate in Major League Baseball's league-wide "Breaking Barriers" contest. This is the 20th anniversary of this program, and we hope you will want to join this effort that celebrates the inspirational influence set by number 42, Mr. Jackie Robinson.

The 2016 MLB Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 9. This is a chance for students to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are currently facing in their lives and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson (citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork) to deal with those challenges.

For more details on the contest, please download the flyer pdf file or visit For students to enter, please follow the instructions listed on the website. All entries must be either mailed or submitted digitally no later than Monday, March 14, 2016.

Prizes for winning entries include trips to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego, laptops, classroom visits by Jackie's daughter Sharon Robinson and more. In addition, the Pirates will provide two (2) complimentary tickets to a 2016 home game (based on availability) to all students who submit an essay and the school with the most entries will win a "Pirates Day" at their school!

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Joel Gray at (412) 325-4966 or

For more information on Jackie Robinson and his impact on Major League Baseball, please visit