Sharon-Robinson_336x418Much has changed in the 60 years since Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball. The players, the fans, and the game itself have all been transformed, as has the world outside America’s ballparks. Yet as baseball and America celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jackie breaking the game’s color barrier, we are reminded there is still work to do. One of the people most dedicated to carrying out this continuing work is someone intimately familiar with Jackie and his mission: his daughter Sharon. Director of educational programming for Major League Baseball, Sharon created and manages MLB’s national character education initiative, “Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life.” In its 10th year, the program has taught more than 14 million kids how to overcome life’s obstacles. Students learn about the nine values Jackie applied to his life: citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork. As_ Jackie Robinson 9 vice chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Sharon oversees a program that funds 266 young scholars in 33 states. She has authored six books, including Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By. A former nurse and educator, Sharon has also worked with the “Join The Major Leagues @ Your Library” campaign to help people of all ages build their literacy skills. By using her father’s legacy as a tool to effect positive change, Sharon has continued the work Jackie Robinson began 60 years ago.