Rachel Robinson, wife of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, was honored at the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game for her 100th birthday and philanthropic work. To honor the Robinsons’ legacy, Sony Interactive donated $875,000 to the foundation it created in memory of her husband.
She founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 1973 to immortalize her husband’s memory and “to promote higher education and the values embodied in the life and legacy of sports and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson.” The foundation is known for its prestigious career development programs and scholarships for minority students across the country, and is preparing to open the Jackie Robinson Museum on July 26.
San Diego Studio — the developers of Major League Baseball’s only official game, “The Show” — has donated $875,000, creating scholarships for Jackie Robinson Foundation researchers interested in video game design. According MLB Newsthese fellows will have paid for summer internships with San Diego Studio, a subsidiary of Sony Interactive, with the funding provided.
Sony and San Diego Studios received direct help from the gaming community to fund the donation through two strategies: by donating $1 for each copy of the 2021 and 2022 Collector’s Edition of “MLB The Show” and via a $5 in-game item pack available on Jackie Robinson. Day April 15. The pack consisted of a Jackie Robinson Foundation bat skin, card and profile icon, with all proceeds going directly to the foundation.
In addition to the Sony and San Diego Studio donation, Rachel and Jackie Robinson were honored at the All-Star Game as Oscar-winning actors Denzel Washington and Octavia Spencer spoke about their accomplishments and legacy, according to MLB News.
Washington took the field, paying homage to Jackie Robinson by wearing a No. 42 Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. He spoke at packed Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 – the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball – about Robinson’s indomitable talent and character and the impact of his bravery on and off ground in the world today.
“He said life is not a spectator sport, and he lived that motto to the fullest,” Washington said. “Whether it was rushing to the baselines or standing up for opportunity and justice, No. 42 blazed a trail that would light the way for people of all backgrounds and colors. – and to this day, to every generation. That inspiration – that profound impact – is just as important today as it was 75 years ago.
Spencer then narrated a tribute video to Rachel Robinson, celebrating the accomplishments and struggles Rachel faced as she began her lifelong work to bring about change, just like Jackie had.
“His trial was his trial,” Spencer said. “She sets the unstoppable way forward as much as her beloved Jack. … With eloquence and determination, she has never stopped fighting when it comes to opportunities for minorities.
Several other high-profile public figures also made appearances, including Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela, award-winning singer Ben Platt and actor Miles Teller. Dodger player Mookie Betts also led the players, sold-out stadium and home viewers as they wished Rachel Robinson a happy birthday.