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Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest

One of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball (MLB) history was when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. In celebration of the anniversary of this momentous event, the Pittsburgh Pirates invite your school/organization to participate in the Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest.

The contest, which is open to students in grades three through eight in the greater Pittsburgh region, challenges students express their thoughts creatively about Robinson's nine values for success in either piece of art, a poem or an essay. The contest is free to enter, simple for teachers, and can be tailored to meet educational requirements.



Students have three opportunities to participate:
  • ART: Submit an original piece of artwork depicting one or more of the following: What Jackie Robinson means to you? How Jackie Robinson's life impacted your own? Clear understanding of one of his nine values of success. Entries must include a title or description of the artwork in 10 words or less. (Entries need to be on one 8.5" x 11" or one 11" x 17" sheet of paper and can be done with pencils, crayons, pen/ink, pastels, charcoal, watercolors, or acrylics)
  • ESSAY: Write a 100-200 word essay that chronicles the personal struggles of Jackie Robinson. (Essay should be typewritten in 12 point font, double-spaced, and stapled if more than one page)
  • POETRY: Write a 10-12 line poem that explores one or more of Jackie Robinson's nine values of success. (Poem should be typewritten 12 point font, double-spaced, and stapled if more than one page)

Entries will be divided into age categories to assure that each student is given a fair opportunity to win (i.e. grades 3-4, grades 5-6, and grades 7-8).

Students must submit original work stapled to completed entry form postmarked by Friday, March 15, 2015. Students are eligible to enter in all categories; however, separate entry forms are required for each submission. Entry forms must be stapled on top of the submitted original work. Schools must send all submissions with completed entry forms together in one package. Prizes will be given to select schools, based on student participation.