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Jackie Robinson Invitational

The Atlanta Braves and Delta Air Lines partnered to honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson by hosting the 3rd Annual Atlanta Braves Jackie Robinson Invitational. The event educated youth baseball and softball players about the impact of Jackie Robinson's achievements and allowed teams the opportunity to showcase their talent and compete against other teams.

On Saturday, April 12, sixteen teams ages 5-12 years old gathered at the Atlanta Braves Baseball Academy located at the Villages at Carver Family YMCA to celebrate Robinson's legacy during this annual tournament.

Jackie Robinson Day logo

An exciting Pitch, Hit & Run Skills Challenge showcased throwing, hitting and running skills of the 5-8 year old participants. Congratulations to the following Winners of the Skills Competition:

Golden Arm Pitching Challenge

  • 5-6 Year Old Division Winner – Keymond Maze, Cascade Royals
  • 7-8 Year Old Division Winner – Khmari Muhammad, Old National Angels

Home Run Derby

  • 5-6 Year Old Division Winner – Traquan Johnson, Cascade Royals
  • 7-8 Year Old Division Winner – Victor Buchanan, Old National Angels

Fleet Feet Base Running Challenge

  • 5-6 Year Old Division Winner – Jeremiah Francis, Redan Park Raiders
  • 7-8 Year Old Division Winner – Bryce Hicks, Ben Hill Braves

The youth baseball and softball players also celebrated the legacy of Jackie Robinson by participating in a "Tribute to 42"art, an essay, and poetry contest. The youth were required to select from a list of characteristics embodied by Robinson, and express those characteristics through art, essay, or poetry. Many creative entries were received for this inaugural contest and it allowed the kids the opportunity to reflect on Robinson's impact in society and in baseball.

Congratulations to the winners of the "Tribute to 42" contest:

  • Eric Hairston, Sandtown Red Sox
  • Kenneth Hubbard, Sandtown Red Sox
  • Noah Tyler, Sharpsurg Astros
  • Kadin Odum, Sharpsurg Astros
  • Joshua Sibley, Sharpsurg Astros

Jackie Robinson Day

For more information on the Atlanta Braves Jackie Robinson Invitational, please email youthbaseball@braves.com.