2017 ESSAY contest
for grades 4–9

The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance
for diverse students in grade 4–9 to share their
personal stories and show how they use Jackie Robinson's
values to face their own barriers.
Contest Deadline: March 14, 2017
10 NATIONAL Winners!

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!
THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO ENTER:
By Mail:

Download the contest
entry form and
submit by mail.

Mail entries must be
postmarked by
March 14, 2017.

MAIL-IN ENTRY INFO
Online:

Grades 4–8 Students: Teachers can upload student entries online. Grades 4–8 students are not allowed to upload entries directly.

Grade 9 Students: Teachers or students can upload entries directly online.

Online entries must be received by March 14, 2017.

GRS 4–8
ENTER ONLINE
GR 9
ENTER ONLINE
BREAKING BARRIERS VIDEOS
TEACHER RESOURCES: GRADES 4–9
Grades 4–8 Lessons Grade 9 Lessons

2: Values and Barriers

3: Essay Organizer

1: What Are Barriers?

2: Values and Barriers

3: Essay Organizer

Complete Poster/
Teaching Guide

Video Teaching Extensions
View video lesson tie-ins from "Jackie Robinson" A film by Ken Burns & Sara Burns & David McMahon