The Jackie Robinson Foundation has selected longtime sports hospitality company Delaware North to operate the retail store in the Jackie Robinson Museum, which has opened at One Hudson Square in New York City after 14 years of planning.
Delaware North, a retail and hospitality partner at 11 Major League Baseball ballparks, will manage the store on a break-even basis – donating profits back to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
On 15th April, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era. He would later become the first African American named a vice president at a Fortune 500 company; serve as an advisor to politicians; start a bank and a housing development company; and, was a key figure in advancing equal opportunity and first-class citizenship for all Americans during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. Hailed a “freedom rider before freedom rides,” Robinson’s name has become synonymous with breaking barriers.
“We couldn’t think of a better partner than Delaware North, a first-class company with wide reach and a pioneer in the sports concessions industry,” says Della Britton, president and CEO of The Jackie Robinson Foundation. “We are truly grateful for the company’s ongoing financial support and its shared passion for publicizing Jackie Robinson’s story through engaging retail offerings.”
The retail space within the museum will feature a wide variety of Jackie Robinson-affiliated products, including jerseys, hats, jackets, T-shirts, sweatshirts, collectables, books and souvenirs. Delaware North will also manage the online shopping experience, which is set to launch soon.
Jackie Robinson made the world a better place – and as a company with a century of experience in the baseball industry, we are honored to support his foundation in its effort to preserve his legacy for generations to comeJamie Obletz, president of Delaware North Sportservice
“Jackie Robinson made the world a better place – and as a company with a century of experience in the baseball industry, we are honored to support his foundation in its effort to preserve his legacy for generations to come at the dynamic Jackie Robinson Museum,” says Jamie Obletz, president of Delaware North Sportservice.
“As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, it’s exciting to know that visitors soon will be able to visit the museum to learn more about his career and enduring legacy.”
The museum will explore Robinson’s phenomenal athleticism, courageous entry into Major League Baseball, and unwavering commitment to social justice and equal opportunity. It will be a prominent stop on existing cultural routes in New York City and a vibrant venue for lectures, concerts and other events for visitors of all ages.
For more information about the Jackie Robinson Museum and its operating hours, please visit https://jackierobinson.org/museum/.