At Opening of Jackie Robinson Museum In New York Today, Strada Celebrates the Legacy of No. 42 and 42 Scholars Supported Through Historic Investment

July 26, 2022

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NEW YORK, NY – Strada Education Network is pleased to celebrate the opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City. This museum represents a physical manifestation of the living legacy of Jackie Robinson and a crowning moment for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Strada provided $1 million to help realize this museum alongside more than $6 million to support the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s scholarship and educational programs.

“Upholding Jackie’s legacy of breaking down barriers and fighting for a level playing field is more critical than ever. Strada’s historic support for the Jackie Robinson Foundation has been rooted in a shared belief of the importance of leveling the education playing field for talented young students,” said Daryl A. Graham, Strada senior vice president of engagement and historically black colleges and universities. “Education is the most powerful lever we have for improving the economic well-being and leadership opportunities for the next generation. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this milestone alongside The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Rachel Robinson and the Robinson family.“

In addition to supporting the opening of this museum and the foundation’s JRF Impact program, Strada has fully supported 42 JRF Scholars in honor of Robinson’s number. The fact that 20 have graduated and the remaining 22 are on track to graduate on time reinforces the importance of offering students support that connects education to aspirations, including scholarships, networking opportunities, career planning and leadership development. Strada is thrilled to see the second of three phases of its support for JRF’s work – still one of its largest grants to date – successfully completed with the grand opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum.

“As a member of both The Jackie Robinson Foundation and Strada Education Network boards, I’m doubly excited to celebrate this moment and the shared commitment it represents to cultivating the next generation of leaders,” Said Ernest J. Newborn II. “I’ve had the chance to get to know many JRF Scholars personally, and I can unequivocally say they embody the 42 principles of leadership we promote. I also want to honor Rachel’s unflagging leadership and tireless commitment, without which none of this would have been possible”

Speaking of the opening Della Britton, President and CEO of The Jackie Robinson Foundation said “We are immensely grateful to Strada Education Network for its vital support of the Jackie Robinson Museum. Strada fully appreciates JRF’s commitment to furthering higher education on behalf of our JRF Scholars, whom Strada supports, as well as the educational elements of the Museum’s programming. Strada is squarely aligned with JRF’s mission and we could not be more proud to have Strada on our team.”
As the foundation’s scholarship program continues to educate and inspire tomorrow’s leaders, this museum will allow the Jackie Robinson Foundation to embark on a bold new chapter of its work, one that is focused on educating the public about Robinson’s legacy and leadership.

About Strada Education Network

Strada Education Network is a new kind of nonprofit social impact organization, dedicated to increasing individuals’ economic mobility through purposeful connections between education and employment. Our approach combines innovative research, thought leadership, strategic philanthropy and investments, and support for individuals through student coaching, work-based learning, career exploration, and helping adults learn new skills throughout their careers. Together, we work to better serve the millions of Americans seeking to complete postsecondary education and training, gain clear value from those experiences, and build meaningful careers. Learn more at stradaeducation.org.

About the Jackie Robinson Foundation

Since 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has perpetuated the memory of Jackie Robinson by providing generous four-year scholarships and comprehensive support to highly motivated college students with financial need to ensure their success and develop their leadership potential. A new online platform, JRF Impact, will share JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success” curriculum with a broader college student population. With the upcoming opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City, the Foundation will build on the legacy of Jackie Robinson by educating and inspiring the general public around his heroic story and the ideals and values that defined his life.