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2019 ESSAY contest
Grades 4–8 Page

The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance
for diverse students of all backgrounds to share their personal stories and how they use Jackie Robinson’s values to face their own barriers.
Contest Deadline: March 14, 2019


Grades 4–6 Grand Prize:

  • Trip to the 2019 MLB®All-Star Game®

Grades 7–9 Grand Prize:

  • Trip to a game of
    the 2019 MLB®
    World Series®
There are TWO ways to enter:

Grs 4–8 Grand Prize Winner
for 2018, Selihorn Kidane
of Charlottem NC, with
Sharon Robinson and MLB
Commissioner Rob Manfred.

  • Class visit from Sharon Robinson,
    daughter of Jackie Robinson, for Grand Prize Winners
  • 10 National Winners receive a laptop computer for themselves and their teacher!
  • Class set of books by Sharon Robinson,
    author of The Hero Two Doors Down
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There are TWO ways to enter:

By Mail:

Download the contest entry form
and submit by mail.
Contest Deadline: March 14, 2019 MAIL-IN ENTRY INFO


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

Contest Deadline: March 14, 2019
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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 ($3,359.70).

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.