Major League Baseball and Scholastic's Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life Essay Contest


The Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life is an educational program designed to teach young students about the obstacles Mr. Robinson faced as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. All students in grades 4 through 9 are encouraged to participate by submitting 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 by using the button below or visit The deadline for all entries is Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Prizes for winning entries include trips to the 2017 MLB World Series, the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, laptops, classroom visits by Jackie's daughter Sharon Robinson and more. In addition, the Pirates will provide two (2) complimentary tickets to a 2017 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.

Contest Information and Entry Instructions (PDF)

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Joel Gray at

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