One of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball history was when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. In 2004, Commissioner Selig proclaimed that April 15 would always be known as Jackie Robinson Day. Our goal is to celebrate this moment by bringing more exposure to the life, values and accomplishments of not only Jackie Robinson but other African-American leaders who have inspired us to break any barrier and succeed. So in celebration of Jackie Robinson and Black History Month, we held a "Rockies Honor Robinson" Youth Artistic Contest.
This year was another outstanding one for the Colorado Rockies Youth Artistic Contest. With over 3,550 submissions from 32 schools, there were many impressive entries that explored the theme of "breaking barriers," using the example of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947. The Rockies are excited to announce the individual winners of the 2014 Colorado Rockies Youth Artistic Contest, all of whom were honored in an onfield ceremony on Friday, April 18, prior to the Rockies game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies: Aiden Heeres, age 7, from Creative Challenge Community; Oliver Costello, age 10, from Polaris at Ebert; and Crystal Swedenburg, age 18, from Lakewood High School. And a special group award was given on Saturday, April 19, to the 6th grade class from Eldorado K-8, for their video tribute to Jackie Robinson.