Summit coincides with Jackie Robinson Day...
By Brandon Robinson
Every April 15, Major League Baseball pays homage to Jackie Robinson, the man who broke baseball’s color barrier by wearing his retired number 42 jersey. That celebration will continue this year as Major League Baseball has partnered with the New York Yankees to host the 2014 Diversity Employment and Business Opportunity Career and Trade Fair.
The Fair will take place on April 14 and 15 at the Manhattan Center and New Yorker Hotel. It will provide job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers for employment and business opportunities at Major and Minor League Clubs and other MLB media entities.
In an uncertain job and economic climate, the two-day summit will provide attendees with access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office in New York City.
“Through the MLB Diversity Business Summit, we are taking innovative steps to provide unprecedented access for individuals who aspire to careers in our game or hope to find other valuable opportunities with our organizations,” says MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.
The Yankees will host a Welcome Reception on April 14 at Yankee Stadium and will host Jackie Robinson Day the following day for an interleague game between the Bronx Bombers and the Chicago Cubs. As a part of Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies, the Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela with a dedication of a plaque in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. The plaque will celebrate the life of the former South African leader and commemorate his Yankee Stadium visit and address on June 21, 1990.
“It is an honor for us to be involved with the MLB Diversity Business Summit,” says Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “We look forward to hosting the many talented attendees looking to launch their careers in the game of baseball as well as the business owners and entrepreneurs who are seeking partnerships with Major League Baseball and its teams.”
The first two MLB Diversity Business Summits were held in Chicago in 2012 and co-hosted by the Chicago White Sox. The second was in Houston in 2013 and co-hosted by the Houston Astros. According to Major League Baseball, the summits attracted approximately 1,500 registrants from across the United States.
For more information on the third annual MLB Diversity Summit, visit MLB.com/diversitysummit.
About Brandon Robinson
Brandon Robinson is an entertainment and sports journalist. He’s appeared in The Source, MaxPreps, VIBE, EBONY Online, SLAM, MadameNoire, Regal Radio, Queens Times Ledger and Brooklyn Courier. He grew up inspired by late journalist Ed Bradley. He currently co-hosts Jocks, Geeks and Gamers, a lifestyle show with Brian Mazique and Randy Bishop that appears on Blog Talk Radio and YouTube. When Brandon is not chasing the next big story, he’s visiting grade schools and middle schools in both New Jersey and New York expressing the importance of following their dreams by effective planning and hard work. You can follow him on Twitter at @ScoopB and learn more about him here.