As the nation celebrates what would have been the 90th birthday of pioneering baseball and civil rights legend Jackie Robinson (January 31, 2009), New Era has unveiled a new partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation New Era Cap will be making a significant Investment in the Jackie Robinson Foundation of Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
During the month of February New Era Cap co. will be donating $1 of Each Cap Sold at all New Era Flagship Stores including their Online website shop. Not only will New Era cap commit to donating $1 from all caps sold, they have invested $250,000 to support the Foundation’s scholarship and mentoring progam. These generous donations from New Era Cap will provide four-year college scholarships, graduate school grants and extensive mentoring to academically distinguished minority students with financial need and records of leadership capacity.
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“This exciting partnership between New Era and the Jackie Robinson Foundation is a natural fit, reflecting our shared commitment to integrity, innovation and excellence,”said Jackie Robinson Foundation President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “Through this unique public effort, New Era and the Foundation will honor Jackie Robinson’s guiding philosophy, ‘A life is not important except in its impact on other lives,’ while advancing the Foundation’s vision of promoting effective access to higher education for all Americans and molding future leaders who will carry forth Jackie’s values and ideals.” In addition to financial support, the partnership will also see New Era provide mentors to Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars along with internships and career placements. New Era will also provide in-kind contributions through product donations to Jackie Robinson Foundation events. “As the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball, we couldn’t be more honored to be working with the Jackie Robinson Foundation,” said New Era CEO Christopher H. Koch. “Our goal is to help elevate awareness for the important work being done by the organization to educate the next generation of business and social leaders.” A list of New Era Flagship Stores can be found at www.neweracap.com. To make a contribution to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, please call (212) 290-8600 or visit the Foundation’s website at www.jackierobinson.org.
About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development programs. It provides four-year college scholarships and graduate school grants to minority students who demonstrate academic distinction, leadership capacity and financial need. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation provides to its scholarship recipients a comprehensive set of support services, including mentoring, career guidance and practical life skills, resulting in an impressive 97% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. JRF’s innovative approach over the last 35 years of matching extensive mentoring, academic support services and career planning programs with generous financial scholarships has become a national paradigm in minority higher education intervention. There are currently 279 JRF scholarship recipients in the program representing 106 colleges and universities across the country and hailing from 34 states. In 2008, the Foundation welcomed its largest freshman class ever. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported over 1,200 young men and women and distributed more than $18 million in scholarship assistance and program support.