Jackie Robinson Day
The Piscataway Civil Rights Advisory Commission held a special day of sports and family fun on May 14, 2022 in recognition of the year's 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball:
- A game featuring Piscataway High School baseball & softball alumni
- A ceremony honoring Jackie Robinson
- Food trucks and a DJ
Special Saturday T-Ball and Little League games were also held at the adjacent Piscataway Little League Fields.
The day’s events were held in conjunction with Piscataway Township, Piscataway Schools, Piscataway Little League and The YMCA at the Piscataway Community Center (YPCC).
Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders, Sr. & Mrs. Shirley A. Saunders
and the entire Piscataway Civil Rights Advisory Commission
led the way on a fantastic Jackie Robinson Day.
The Piscataway High School Air Force ROTC color guard was introduced by the
event's emcee, Piscataway Schools Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Dr. C. Alex Gray,
alongside (l-r) Councilmember Kapil K. Shah (At-Large), Council Vice President Frank Uhrin (Ward 1),
Mayor Brian C. Wahler, Piscataway Civil Rights Advisory Commission Chair Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders, Sr.,
and Middlesex County Surrogate Claribel Cortes.
Piscataway's own Anthony & Obie Shields gave a wonderful performance
in a dramatic scene to showcase the life of Jackie Robinson
as part of the ceremony for Jackie Robinson Day.
Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Saunders, Sr., Chair of the Piscataway Civil Rights Advisory Commission,
threw the ceremonial first pitch of the game to Piscataway Schools
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Dr. C. Alex Gray
alongside Mayor Brian C. Wahler.
We were very pleased to welcome Middlesex County Commissioner Deputy Director Shanti Narra
and Commissioner Claribel A. Azcona-Barber to Jackie Robinson Day shown alongside
Piscataway School Board Member Brenda Smith.
Council President Michele Lombardi (Ward 4) was very appreciative
of all of the great work done by so many to put on Jackie Robinson Day.
As a member of the United States Conference of Mayors supportive of its Mayors Play Ball initiative,
Mayor Brian C. Wahler was very pleased to have Jackie Robinson Day in Piscataway.
He is shown alongside Jackie Robinson portrayer Anthony Shields and
NAACP Metuchen Edison Branch President Reginald Johnson.