Winter Park Institute

Sharon Robinson

Author and educational consultant for Major League Baseball


Sharon Robinson: Values, Baseball, and Jackie Robinson

Speaker Video

Event Details

Author, educator and daughter of legendary major league baseball player Jackie Robinson will discuss the legacy of her father's values in sports and in life.

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Speaker Bio

Sharon Robinson is the author of several acclaimed books, including Stealing Home (a memoir), Jackie’s Nine (about her father’s core values); the novels: Safe at Home and Slam Dunk! And, her powerful picture books: Testing the Ice: A true Story About Jackie Robinson and Jackie’s Gift. In 2013, Scholastic will release Sharon’s latest books: Jackie Robinson: American Hero (children’s biography) and Under One Sky (picture book about her mother, Rachel’s 90th birthday in Tanzania, East Africa).

In addition, Ms. Robinson is an educational consultant for Major League Baseball, overseeing the character education program: Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life. Since 1997, the program has reached over 22 million students and helps empower them to face obstacles in their lives.

Prior to joining MLB, Sharon had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator. She taught in such prestigious universities as: Yale, Columbia, Howard, and Georgetown. A Vice Chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and Master’s from Columbia. She went on to earn a post-Master’s Certificate in Teaching from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.