Celebrating Jackie Robinson Day April 15th
While a majority of America recognizes April 15th as Tax Day, this day defines so much more. Jackie Robinson Day is a day that represents diversity, inclusion, and a major breakthrough in American History. On April 15, 1947, Robinson stepped on the field wearing a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform, thus breaking the sport's color barrier in Major league Baseball and becoming the first African-American to play in the League. Today, Robinson’s No. 42 remains the only number retired by every team in a major professional sports league.
“It’s an amazing thing that we recognize such a brave hero. In fact, hero is an understatement for what Jackie Robinson stood for in American History. To face a society that wasn’t quite ready to be inclusive, to play against adversity and still achieve such success on an international platform is honorable to say the least. This is what the Texas Diversity Council works to establish in the workplace and we are proud to be a part of this celebration,” said Dennis Kennedy, CEO and Founder of the National Diversity Council.
Wednesday, April 15th will kick off the 11th Annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference. This year, we will be partnering with the Houston Astros to provide a limited amount of tickets to the Jackie Robinson Day game. The Houston Astros as well as conference attendees will join the rest of MLB in celebrating Jackie Robinson Day and continuing to make efforts to diversify the game of baseball.
We hope that you can join us after our first day of the conference to celebrate this historic day and watch as National Diversity Council Board Member Elizabeth Campbell throws out the First Pitch.
The pre-game celebration will start at 6:00PM; game time for the Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros is 7:10PM.
Conference attendees can reserve your game tickets here. A shuttle bus will be leaving the conference hotel at 5:00PM and anyone wishing to be included can register and pay a transportation fee of $20.00.The game tickets will be complimentary.
A limited number of tickets will also be available for conference attendees at “Will Call” if would like to use your own transportation and you can reserve your seats by emailing [email protected].