Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 18, 2017) - Hillsborough County will honor Jackie Robinson's legacy this week through words and action, proclaiming April 21, 2017, as Jackie Robinson Day, and participating in community services projects this weekend.
The proclamation to be issued at the Wednesday, April 19, Board of County Commissioners meeting notes that after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, he continued to confront social barriers by contributing during the civil rights movement. The proclamation "asks all people to practice Jackie Robinson's core values, and continue to tear down barriers to success and human decency.''
The BOCC will issue the proclamation at the start of Wednesday's 9 a.m. meeting at the Frederick B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Parks & Recreation and the Tampa Bay Rays have teamed up on two projects on Saturday, April 22, to honor Robinson's commitment to community action. At Progress Village Park, 8701 Progress Blvd. in Tampa, and Larry Sanders Sports Complex, 5855 S. 78th St. in Tampa, volunteers will weed and add mulch to the landscape beds, and pressure wash the parks' buildings.
Both projects are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and should be completed by noon.
The Rays-Astros series begins on Friday, April 21, with the annual league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson. Although Major League Baseball's official Jackie Robinson Day was during the team's road trip on April 15 in Boston, the Rays organization will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947 with on-field pregame ceremonies prior to the 7:10 p.m. contest on Friday, April 21.
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