Sharon Robinson Discusses Jackie’s Gift, Her Father’s Life And His Contribution To Baseball And Society

Sharon Robinson, author of JACKIE'S GIFT

Sharon Robinson is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction.

She has written several widely praised books about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, including Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, Testing the Ice, illustrated by Kadir Nelson and her latest, Jackie’s Gift.

In addition to her writing career, Sharon is an educational consultant for Major League Baseball. In this capacity, she oversees school and community-based educational programs.

Breaking Barriers, In Sports, In Life is the department’s core program; it is a national character education program designed to empower students with strategies to help them face obstacles in their lives. Since 1997, the program has reached over 14 million children across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Sharon had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator. She taught at such prestigious universities as Yale, Columbia, Howard and Georgetown.

Sharon is Vice Chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and serves on the boards for the Roberto Clemente Sports City Complex in Carolina, PR, Metropolitan Opera, and Urban America.

Sharon received her Bachelor’s degree from Howard University in 1973 and her Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1976.

She went on to receive post-Master’s Certificate in Teaching from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

She lives in Tampa, Fl and New York City.