About Breaking Barriers
Beginning its 20th year, Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life is a baseball-themed character education program developed by Major League Baseball and Scholastic Inc. Using America's sport, baseball, as the metaphor for life, the curriculum is based on the values demonstrated by barrier breaker Jackie Robinson: Determination, Commitment, Persistence, Integrity, Justice, Courage, Teamwork, Citizenship, and Excellence.
The Breaking Barriers essay contest requires students, grades 4 through 9, to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson to deal with those obstacles. Sharon Robinson, Consultant, Community Affairs and Educational Programming for Major League Baseball, and daughter of Jackie Robinson, developed and consults on the program.
Breaking Barriers has reached more than 27 million youths and 3.6 million educators in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Using baseball-themed activities, the program is designed to give children in grades 4-9 strategies to deal with barriers and challenges in their lives. Winners receive a variety of prizes.