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2017 ESSAY contest
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The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance
for diverse students in grades 4–9 to share their personal stories and how they use Jackie Robinson’s values to face their own barriers.
Contest Deadline: March 14, 2017


Grades 4–6 Grand Prize:

  • Trip to the 2017 MLB®All-Star Game®

Grades 7–9 Grand Prize:

  • Trip to a game of
    the 2017 MLB®
    World Series®
There are TWO ways to enter:

2016 Grand Prize Winner
Kendal Young of Spring Lake, MI,
with Sharon Robinson and
Robert D. Manfred, Jr.,
Commissioner of MLB

  • Class visit from Sharon Robinson,
    daughter of Jackie Robinson, for Grand Prize and MVP Winners
  • Laptop computer for each winner!
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There are TWO ways to enter:

By Mail:

Download the contest entry form
and submit by mail.
The 2017 Breaking Barriers Contest is now closed for entries. MAIL-IN ENTRY INFO


Online entries for Grades 4–8
can ONLY be submitted by
teachers.Teachers can visit
for more info.

The 2017 Breaking Barriers Contest is now closed for entries.
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RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. All students who are legal residents of, and currently reside in, the U.S., D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec) and who are currently enrolled in grades 4–9 are eligible to enter, except for those who have family members employed by Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., Scholastic Inc., and other related companies (see the Official Rules for a complete listing). Entries accepted in English or Spanish. Visit for complete Official Rules and restrictions. All prospective winners and their respective parents/legal guardians will be required to sign, notarize, and return an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability within ten (10) days of date of notification or an alternate winner may be selected. In the event of prize unavailability, a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded as determined by the sole discretion of MLB. No cash substitutions for prizes. Prizes are nontransferable. ERV of Prizes: Grand Prize ($7,659.70); MVP ($4,859.70); All-Star ($2,159.70).

Photos: dirt background, © Paul Edmonsen/Photodisc/Getty Images; green turf background, © Martin Diebel/Getty Images; Major League Baseball player, courtesy MLB; laptop, © Indeed/Getty Images; winner photo, courtesy MLB; Jackie Robinson in Dodgers uniform, courtesy MLB, used with permission of the Robinson family.