GW Baseball's Tommy Gately Honored With 2011 Jackie Robinson Award
April 14, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC- Senior Tommy Gately has been named the 2011 recipient of the Jackie Robinson Award for exhibiting qualities that reflect the attributes of the legendary sports hero.
The George Washington University Jackie Robinson Society Community Recognition Awards are presented each year to acknowledge citizens whose accomplishments reflect Jackie Robinson's tradition and have made outstanding contributions to the District of Columbia and the nation. Arthur L. Silber, Chairman and CEO of the Potomac Nationals and Wilma F. Bonner, Director of Teacher Education in the Department of Curriculam and Instruction at Howard University's School of Education received the award.
Previous recipients of The George Washington University Jackie Robinson Society Community Recognition Award have been: Frank Robinson, Bobby Mitchell, JC Hayward, Joan Hodges, Maureen Bunyan, Franklin Kameny and Michael Wilbon.
Founded in 1999, the Jackie Robinson Society sponsors discussions about Robinson and members participate in community service projects associating his name and life's work with good deeds. GW students were inspired to form the society after taking a course titled Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports and the American Dream.
The class, which is offered by Professor Richard Zamoff of GW's Department of Sociology, explores the impact of Jackie Robinson's entry into major league baseball, to the game of baseball and to American society.