Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Atlanta Braves Foundation Announces Black History Month Essay Contest

In partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, the Atlanta Braves will host an essay contest for eighth grade students to commemorate Black History Month. The contest, which launches the week of February 2, will encourage students to research and explore the history of notable African-Americans and further develop their writing skills.

Students can utilize books, articles, and websites about notable African-Americans to assist them in completing a 250-word or less essay on the topic, "What African American do you find to be most inspiring and why?" Students can also visit www.braves.com/aaheritage to learn about the vast contributions of African American players throughout the Braves history. All eighth grade students in Atlanta Public Schools will receive detailed contest information and instructions from their teachers during the first week of February.

The Atlanta Braves Foundation will select five winners and one grand prize recipient. The grand prize winner will receive a visit by the Braves to his/her school, and all six winners will have the opportunity to meet a Braves player, receive two tickets to the Braves vs. Marlins game on April 15 and be recognized during an on-field presentation held in conjunction with the Braves Jackie Robinson Day festivities.

In addition to receiving two complimentary tickets to a Braves game, all students who participate in the contest can bring a copy of his/her essay to the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame at Turner Field and receive free admission and a Turner Field tour during the month of February. In an effort to encourage youth to learn about the many achievements of African Americans in baseball, children 13 and under who read a book about the Negro Leagues, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, or any African American contributors to the sport, will receive complimentary admission to the Braves Museum and a free tour of Turner Field. Students can bring in the book they read or a note with the name and author of the book from their teacher or librarian on school letterhead, Monday-Saturday during Black History Month. Braves Museum promotions apply walk-up tours only.

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