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Citi Kids with Mr. Met, Michelle Yu and Me

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 31, 2014

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting a very special group of kids at Citi Field. With my friend Michelle Yu of SNY, I spoke to over 100 kids from the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens about the importance of Jackie Robinson’s nine values: Courage, Excellence, Persistence, Justice, Teamwork, Commitment, Citizenship, Determination and Integrity. Other speakers included scholars and volunteers of the Jackie Robinson Foundation who encouraged Citi Kids to persevere and dream big.

The kids also got a tour of Citi Field, tickets to the game and snacks from the park’s infamous concession stands. Two of Citi Kids made it onto the field and into the dugout with me before the game– cheering me on for the ceremonial First Pitch. I had a great time and doing this on behalf of City Harvest was the perfect way to spend my first visit to Citi Field and my very first Mets game.

 

Marcus and Travis d'Arnaud 
photo by Steve Campbell

Marcus and Travis d'Arnaud photo by Steve Campbell

Throwing the first pitch
Photo by Steve Campbell

Throwing the first pitch Photo by Steve Campbell

Citi Kids in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda
Photo by Steve Campbell

Citi Kids in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda Photo by Steve Campbell

Rooster gear in the dugout

Rooster gear in the dugout

Practicing on the field before the first pitch

Practicing on the field before the first pitch

Mets Jersey #10

Mets Jersey #10

Marcus, Michelle Yu from SNY and the Citi Kids

Marcus, Michelle Yu from SNY and the Citi Kids

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