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1987

Alumni Association.

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Spring 1987 | New York, NY
Alumni Association.

The JRF Alumni Association is established. They begin serving as peer mentors and are appointed to regional Selection Committees.

1991

Alumni join scholarship Committees.

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Alumni join scholarship Committees.

The formal assignment of JR alumni to scholarship selection committees was initiated and the board of directors designates that two seats be held for alumni. John Skipper and Elaine Weddington become the first alumni to hold these positions, thereby integrating alumni into the structure of JRF.

1994

Jackie Robinson Golf Classic.

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Pacific Palisades, CA
Jackie Robinson Golf Classic.

The First Annual Jackie Robinson Invitational Golf Classic is held in Pacific Palisades, CA.

1995

Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award.

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New York, NY
Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award.

The Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award is given to the scholar demonstrating the most outstanding community service involvement each year.

1996

Leonard Coleman.

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Spring 1996 | New York, NY
Leonard Coleman.

Rachel Robinson steps down as Chairman of JRF's Board of Directors. Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., President of the National League of Major League Baseball, is elected the new Chairman

September 1996 | New York, NY
An Intimate Portrait.

Rachel Robinson's book, "Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait" is released.

1997

42 Retired.

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April 15, 1997 | New York, NY
42 Retired.

The nation, led by President Bill Clinton, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic entry into baseball. Major League Baseball honors him during a nationally televised ceremony at Shea Stadium by retring his number "42" in perpetuity. JRF launches a $12 million endowment campaign with a $1 million gift from Major League Baseball.

May 13, 1997 | Washington, DC
JR Coins.

The U.S. Mint annouces it will commemorate the life of Jackie Robinson by issuing a silver $1 and a gold $5 coin bearing his image. Jackie Robinson is the first African-American to be featured on a U.S. gold coin

1998

Steven Brown.

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August 1998 | New York, NY
Steven Brown.

Steven Brown is named the Foundation's third President and CEO.

2001

Starr Support.

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September 2001 | New York, NY
Starr Support.

The Starr Foundation awards the Foundation the first of two grants totalling $1.7 million. It was the largest single gift received by JRF at that time and allowed the Foundation to substantially increase the numbers of Scholars served.

2003

$10 million Milestone.

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March 2003 | New York, NY
$10 million Milestone.

JRF reaches significant milestone: The 100th JRF/Unilever Scholar is selected & JRF passes $10 million in scholarship aid.

October 29, 2003 | Washington, DC
Congressional Honors.

The Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award bestowed by Congress, is awarded to Jackie Robinson. Rachel Robinson is presented the award by President George W. Bush during a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda on March 2, 2005.

2004

Della Britton Baeza.

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January 2004 | New York, NY
Della Britton Baeza.

Della Britton Baeza is named the fourth President and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She initiatiates a strategic plan for the future of JRF: working to expand its mission, donor base, technological capabilities and the number of Scholars.

Nombember 1, 2004 | Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles office.

JRF opens its first regional office in Los Angeles. The offices are housed at the DLA Piper law firm in downtown LA.

2006

Legacy Campaign.

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May 2006 | New York, NY
Legacy Campaign.

JRF launches the $42 million Legacy Campaign. The funds that are raised will be used to: build new administrative offices for the Foundation, build the Jackie Robinson Museum and strengthen the Foundation's endowment.

September 2006 | New York, NY
Extra Innings.

JRF launches the "Extra Innings" program with matching funds provided by the Windmill Foundation. The program provides financial support to JRF Scholars who want to pursue graduate degrees.

2007

New Headquarters.

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August 27, 2007 | New York, NY
New Headquarters.

JRF opens it's new state of the art offices in the SoHo district of New York City.

2008

Rachel Robinson International Fellows.

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Spring 2008 | New York, NY
Rachel Robinson International Fellows.

The first class of JRF Scholars to receive a Rachel Robinson International Fellowship (RRIF), a global initiative to give Scholars the opportunity to travel abroad for community service, travels to Ghana and Mozambique.

2011

Chairman's Award.

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January 2011 | New York, NY
Chairman's Award.

JRF bestows the inaugural Chairman's Award. The award recognizes outstanding leaders in the sports industry.

2013

"42" Premieres.

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April 1, 2013 | New York, NY
"42" Premieres

The major motion picture "42" premieres. Rachel Robinson and JRF provided counsel during the filming of the movie.

2014

New Chair.

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October 7, 2014 | New York, NY
New Chair.

Gregg A. Gonsalves ('89), is elected Chairman of JRF's Board of Directors.

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1910s - 1930s

Jackie Robinson Biography

Pioneer & civil rights activist, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, becoming the first African American in professional baseball.

1919

January 31, 1919 | Cairo, GA

Jackie Robinson born.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson is born to Jerry and Mallie Robinson.

Rachel Robinson Biography

Wife, activist, nurse, educator, Rachel Robinson is a trailblazer herself & alongside her husband.

1922

July 19, 1922 | New York, NY

Rachel Isum born.

Rachel Isum is born to Charles R. and Zelle Isum.

1937

February 1, 1937 | Pasadena, CA

Pasadena Junior College.

Jackie Robinson enrolls in Pasadena Junior College.

1939

February 15, 1939 | Los Angeles, CA

Enrolling at UCLA.

Jackie Robinson enrolls at UCLA. While there he lettered in four sports, football, basketball, track and baseball. He remains the only athlete to have lettered in four sports in UCLA's history.

1940s

1940

Spring 1940 | Los Angeles, CA

Jackie & Rachel meet.

Jackie Robinson meets Rachel Isum on the UCLA campus.

1942

April 3, 1942

Jackie is drafted.

Jackie Robinson is drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas (with heavyweight boxing great Joe Louis) and in Fort Hood, TX where he was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was honorably discharged in 1944 following an ankle injury.

1944

Spring

Jackie joins the Monarchs.

Jackie joins the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues

1945

June 1, 1945 | Los Angeles, CA

Rachel graduates UCLA.

Rachel Robinson graduates from UCLA with a B.S. in Nursing.

1945

October 23, 1945 | Brooklyn, NY

The Montreal Royals.

Jackie Robinson signs to play with the Montreal Royals, the Brooklyn Dodgers' farm team.

1946

February 10, 1946 | Los Angeles, CA

Jackie & Rachel marry.

Jackie Robinson and Rachel Isum are married.

1946

November 18, 1946 | Los Angeles, CA

Jackie Jr. is born.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson, Jr., is born to Jackie and Rachel Robinson.

1947

April 10, 1947 | Brooklyn, NY

Jackie becomes a Dodger.

Branch Rickey buys Jackie's Montreal contract, making him a Brooklyn Dodger

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1947

April 15, 1947 | Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, NY

Breaking the color barrier.

Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball's color barrier when he plays first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He is later named Rookie of the Year and featured on the cover of Time Magazine.

1949

Fall

Named NL MVP.

Jackie Robinson named MLB National League Most Valuable Player

1950s

1950

January 13, 1950 | St. Albans, NY

Sharon is born.

Sharon Annetta Robinson is born to Jackie and Rachel Robinson.

1950

May 16, 1950 | New York, NY

"The Jackie Robinson Story" hits the big screen.

Motion picture "The Jackie Robinson Story" starring Jackie Robinson and Ruby Dee opens

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1952

May 14, 1952 | New York, NY

David is born.

David Robinson is born to Jackie and Rachel Robinson

1955

Sept. 28, 1955 | New York, NY

He's Safe.

Jackie Robinson steals home in game 1 of the 1955 World Series

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1957

January 14, 1957 | New York, NY

Career Change.

Jackie Robinson declines a contract from the New York Giants, to whom he had been traded, and retires from baseball. He becomes Vice President of Personnel Relations for Chock Full 'O Nuts

1960s

1961

May 1961 | New York, NY

Rachel obtains a Master's Degree.

Rachel Robinson graduates from NYU with a master's degree in psychiatric nursing. She is hired as a clinical nurse at First Day Hospital in the Bronx, NY.

1962

January 23, 1962 | Cooperstown, NY

Hall of Fame Induction.

Jackie Robinson is inducted in to Baseball's Hall of Fame.

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1963

June 30, 1963 | Stamford, CT

Jazz for a Cause.

Jackie and Rachel Robinson host a jazz concert at their home in Stamford to raise bail money for jailed civil rights activists. It is the first of an annual event that continues until 2001.

1965

1965 | New Haven, CT

Rachel becomes Director

Rachel Robinson becomes director of nursing for the state mental health center in New Haven and an assistant professor at the Yale University School of Nursing

1965

January 4, 1965 | Harlem, NY

Freedom National Bank.

Co-founded by Jackie Robinson, Freedom National Bank opens. It would be come the largest black-owned and operated bank in New York State.

1970s

1972

October 24, 1972 | Stamford, CT

Jackie passes away.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson dies

1972

December 1, 1972 | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Jackie Robinson Construction Corp.

Rachel Robinson becomes President of the Jackie Robinson Construction Corporation and renames the company the Jackie Robinson Development Corporation. The company, responsible for building 1,600 units, specializes in building low- to -moderate level income housing

Jackie Robinson Foundation

National nonprofit perpetuating the legacy of Jackie Robinson through the advancement of higher education among underserved populations.

1973

1973 | New York, NY

JRF is founded.

Rachel Robinson, with the assistance of Martin Edelman, Charles Williams & Franklin Williams, honors her husband's memory by establishing the Jackie Robinson Foundation following his death in October 1972.

1973

May 1973 | New York, NY

Chesebrough-Pond's.

Chesebrough-Pond's (now Unilever) becomes JRF's first corporate sponsor.

1975

June 1975 | Stamford, CT

Afternoon of Jazz.

JRF becomes the sole beneficiary of "An Afternoon of Jazz" concert. The concert began in 1963 as a way to raise bail money for jailed civil-rights activists.

1978

May 1978 | Chestnut Hill, MA

First Graduate.

The first JRF Scholar, Debora Young, graduates from Boston College. Rachel Robinson is on hand to present Debora her degree.

1978

1978 | New York, NY

Jerry Lewis.

Jerry Lewis is named the first President of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

1979

Spring 1979 | New York, NY

ROBIE Awards.

JRF hosts its first independent Awards Dinner. ROBIE Awards, the Foundation's highest tribute to an extraordinary individual who has devoted a lifetime to the promotion of social justice and human dignity, are presented to Arthur Ashe and Ralph Ward.

1980s

1983

Spring 1983 | Stamford, CT

Networking Weekend.

The first Scholars' Networking Weekend (now Mentoring and Leadership Conference) is held at the Robinson home in Connecticut.

1984

March 26, 1984 | Washington, DC

Presidential Recognition.

Jackie Robinson is awarded, posthumusly, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rachel Robinson accepts the award from President Ronald Reagan during a White House ceremony.

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1984

New York, NY

Sports Management Program.

JRF's Sports Management Program at St. John's University graduates its first student Elaine Weddington, who goes on to break barriers as the first female assistant general manager of a Major League Baseball team - the Boston Red Sox..

1987

Spring 1987 | New York, NY

Alumni Association.

The JRF Alumni Association is established. They begin serving as peer mentors and are appointed to regional Selection Committees.

1987

April 17, 1987 | National

An American Journey.

The Coca-Cola Company sponsors "Jackie Robinson: An American Journey," a national traveling exhibit celebrating the life of Jackie Robinson.

1988

New York, NY

Betty Phillips Adams.

Betty Phillips Adams is named JRF's second President and CEO.

1988

New York, NY

Founder's Award.

The Founders Award is created to pay tribute to those who gave the Foundation its life. The late JRF vice chair Franklin W. Williams receives the first award for his ongoing leadership, support and loyalty.

1989

New York, NY

Ralph E. Ward Achievement Award.

JRF establishes the Ralph E. Ward Achievement Award in honor of Ward's generosity and personal commitment to JR scholars. The award provides a $5,000 cash grant to the graduating Scholar with the highest grade point average. Gregg Gonsalves is the first recipient.

1990s

1994

Pacific Palisades, CA

Jackie Robinson Golf Classic.

The First Annual Jackie Robinson Invitational Golf Classic is held in Pacific Palisades, CA.

1995

1995 | New York, NY

Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award.

The Spike Lee Youth Motivation Award is given to the scholar demonstrating the most outstanding community service involvement each year.

1996

Spring 1996 | New York, NY

Leonard Coleman.

Rachel Robinson steps down as Chairman of JRF's Board of Directors. Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., President of the National League of Major League Baseball, is elected the new Chairman

1996

September 1996 | New York, NY

An Intimate Portrait.

Rachel Robinson's book, "Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait" is released.

1997

April 15, 1997 | New York, NY

42 Retired.

The nation, led by President Bill Clinton, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic entry into baseball. Major League Baseball honors him during a nationally televised ceremony at Shea Stadium by retring his number "42" in perpetuity. JRF launches a $12 million endowment campaign with a $1 million gift from Major League Baseball.

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1997

March 13, 1997 | Washington, DC

JR Coins.

The U.S. Mint annouces it will commemorate the life of Jackie Robinson by issuing a silver $1 and a gold $5 coin bearing his image. Jackie Robinson is the first African-American to be featured on a U.S. gold coin

1998

August 1998 | New York, NY

Steven Brown.

Steven Brown is named the Foundation's third President and CEO.

2000s

2001

September 2001 | New York, NY

Starr Support.

The Starr Foundation awards the Foundation the first of two grants totalling $1.7 million. It was the largest single gift received by JRF at that time and allowed the Foundation to substantially increase the numbers of Scholars served.

2003

March 2003 | New York, NY

$10 million Milestone.

JRF reaches significant milestone: The 100th JRF/Unilever Scholar is selected & JRF passes $10 million in scholarship aid.

2003

October 29, 2003 | Washington, DC

Congressional Honors.

The Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award bestowed by Congress, is awarded to Jackie Robinson. Rachel Robinson is presented the award by President George W. Bush during a ceremony held in the Capitol Rotunda on March 2, 2005.

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2004

January 2004 | New York, NY

Della Britton Baeza.

Della Britton Baeza is named the fourth President and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She initiatiates a strategic plan for the future of JRF: working to expand its mission, donor base, technological capabilities and the number of Scholars.

2004

November 1, 2004 | Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles office.

JRF opens its first regional office in Los Angeles. The offices are housed at the DLA Piper law firm in downtown LA.

2006

May 2006 | New York, NY

Legacy Campaign.

JRF launches the $42 million Legacy Campaign. The funds that are raised will be used to: build new administrative offices for the Foundation, build the Jackie Robinson Museum and strengthen the Foundation's endowment.

2006

September 2006 | New York, NY

Extra Innings.

JRF launches the "Extra Innings" program with matching funds provided by the Windmill Foundation. The program provides financial support to JRF Scholars who want to pursue graduate degrees.

2007

August 27, 2007 | New York, NY

New Headquarters.

JRF opens it's new state of the art offices in the SoHo district of New York City.

2008

Spring 2008 | New York, NY

Rachel Robinson International Fellows.

The first class of JRF Scholars to receive a Rachel Robinson International Fellowship (RRIF), a global initiative to give Scholars the opportunity to travel abroad for community service, travels to Ghana and Mozambique.

2010s

2011

January 2011 | New York, NY

Chairman's Award.

JRF bestows the inaugural Chairman's Award. The award recognizes outstanding leaders in the sports industry.

2013

April 1, 2013 | New York, NY

"42" Premieres.

The major motion picture "42" premieres. Rachel Robinson and JRF provided counsel during the filming of the movie.

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2014

October 17, 2014 | New York, NY

New Chair.

Gregg A. Gonsalves ('89), is elected Chairman of JRF's Board of Directors.

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