“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

– Philippians 4:8


In July of 2010 I received a letter from the wife of the late Jackie Robinson, Rachel Robinson, concerning the piece I wrote about her husband entitled “Inspiring Figureon April 6, 2010.


It was a wonderful honor to have Mrs. Robinson read my blog, not to mention receiving a letter from her.


Her letter has been a great encouragement to me to keep writing and a strong validation that people’s words can be of value to someone else. Her letter was much appreciated and will be cherished for the rest of my life.


Again, it was an honor Mrs. Robinson, and thank you for your thoughtfulness and consideration.


Below is the letter I received in the summer of 2010.




Jackie Robinson



The Jackie Robinson Foundation



June 23, 2010


 Mr. Shawn Bailey

Account Executive

1901 Northwest Blvd.

Columbus, Ohio 43212


Dear Mr. Bailey,


I was very moved by your powerful and accurate description of Jack in your article “Inspiring Figure.” You beautifully presented the traits and strengths that we love about him.


You will be pleased to know that the Robinson family and Jackie Robinson Foundation are successfully perpetuating his legacy through our “Education and Leadership Development Program”. Our scholars are highly motivated, achieving personal success, and giving back to local communities. We are proud of our 97% graduation rate, and most of all the attitudes, goals, and leadership potential of our young adults.


Thanks for supporting us as you have.


Best wishes,

Rachel Robinson 



robinson family

Jackie, Rachel & Jackie Jr.







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