Bobby Lucas Honored with 2010 Jackie Robinson Award
April 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - Senior left-hander Bobby Lucas has been named the 2010 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. Eugene Robinson, Associate Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and Maury Wills, Washington, DC native and captain of the Los Angeles Dodgers' championship teams of the mid-1960s will receive the award. Wills was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1962 when he stole 104 bases to revive the stolen base as part of baseball strategy. 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.