Breaking Barriers Essay Contest

The Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life educational program teaches the significance of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball in 1947, as well as teaching the values he exhibited in his life. At the heart of the program is the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest in which students have an opportunity to write about their own barriers. Look for:

Four lessons that teach about barriers and values, and also include an essay organizer.

Four printable student activities to accompany the lessons.


In this essay contest, students write about their own barriers. Prizes include a trip to the 2009 Major League Baseball® All-Star Game®, and laptop computers for students and teachers. (All entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2009.)

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Each year April 15 marks the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball in 1947. Honoring this important event, the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance for diverse students across the country to share their personal stories and how they use Jackie Robinson’s nine values to face their own barriers.


Student Reproducible 2014 Breaking Barriers Essay Contest

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From LD OnLine: Jack, a sixth grade middle school student with ADD, wrote this essay and won the 2007 Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. The contest is based on the values exemplified by the life of Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play in Major League Baseball in 1947. LD OnLine presents this essay to its readers as a model of self-determination. There are also some tips to help students with ADD focus at school.