One of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball history is when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. In celebration of the anniversary of this momentous event and to keep the memory of Jackie Robinson alive, the Pittsburgh Pirates host a Jackie Robinson "Breaking Barriers" Essay and Poetry Contest. Students are asked to implement or discuss Robinson's nine (9) values of success in either Essay or Poetry.
Robinson's nine (9) values of success are: courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment, and excellence.
The 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates African American Heritage Celebration at PNC Park will be held July 22-23.
This annual event captures the essence of our community efforts and highlights the contributions of African-Americans in Pittsburgh.
The celebration includes a weekend of promotions and special events that focus on honoring and recognizing African Americans in baseball while celebrating the African American culture in our community.
Pittsburgh RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) is part of the international MLB RBI program. Pittsburgh RBI began in 1994 as part of the Roberto Clemente Foundation. Because of the program's growth and its need for additional resources, in 2003, Pittsburgh RBI became part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. The Boys & Girls Club provides Pittsburgh RBI with the infrastructure and administrative services that are necessary for its success.
The program has continued to grow. In 2007, Pirates Charities, in its first official act, partnered with the Roberto Clemente Foundation and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to renovate a portion of the Shadyside Boys & Girls Club facility to build a home for Pittsburgh RBI. The Pirates Community Baseball Center was officially opened in February of 2007. It features indoor batting cages, pitching machines and meeting rooms that can be used by Pittsburgh RBI's volunteer coaches. ALL Pittsburgh RBI participants have free-of-charge access to the Pirates Community Baseball Center and can use the facility to work on their baseball skills year round.
Highmark, Davis Vision Inc., United Concordia, Tickets for Kids and the Pittsburgh Pirates team up to provide free vision and dental screenings and complimentary game tickets to a Pirates to local youth. More than 100 local youth who do not currently have health insurance or have minimal insurance coverage received a FREE vision and dental screening at PNC Park on August 4, 2010, and 25 youth received vouchers for follow-up visual exams.
Davis Vision eye-care professionals volunteer their time to bring this important service to the community, ensuring all children receive the vision and dental care they need. For children in need of follow-up services after the initial screening, a voucher is provided for a complimentary eye examination and a free pair of eyeglasses from Total Vision Care retail store. In addition, dental and hygiene professionals will volunteer their time to provide dental check-ups and oral hygiene education.