The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest where students were encouraged to submit respective entries that explored the personal struggles of Jackie Robinson and how his remarkable life journey has impacted their own. The contest opened in December 2014 and was open to elementary and middle school youth in grades 3 through 8 in the Pirates market area. The Pirates received over 3,800 entries from students across the region, and 18 amazing winners were selected.
Among the schools represented are: Cecil Intermediate, Charleroi Area Middle, Fairless Elementary, Grandview Elementary, Highland Elementary, Independence Middle, J.E. Harrison Middle, Penn Hills Elementary, Pittsburgh Carmalt Academy, Robinwood Lane Elementary, Sharpsville Elementary, South Fayette Middle, State Street Elementary and West Allegheny Middle.
The contest winners and their families were invited to PNC Park on April 15th when the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrated the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson. Prior to the game, the Pirates hosted the contest winners for a pre-game awards event. Pirates President Frank Coonelly offered his remarks regarding the legacy of Jackie Robinson and also presented the contest winners with their awards. Andrew McCutchen also made an appearance to congratulate the contest winners on their wonderful achievement, applaud their efforts and express his appreciation of the contributions of Jackie Robinson. All contest winners received on-field recognition prior to the game for being selected.
In addition, the Pirates organization recognized extraordinary contributions to valuable diverse business partnerships by presenting the Diverse Business Partner Award to Curtis and Deborah Morehead of Emerald Electrical Services, LLC. Deborah M. Morehead incorporated Emerald Electrical Services LLC in May 2009. Emerald Electrical Services is a union electrical contractor and supplier. Her husband Curtis works closely beside her as they continue to expand their business to serve the needs of a growing community.
For more information on Jackie Robinson and his impact on Major League Baseball, please visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/jrd/.