Clare Meehan awarded 5th Annual Jackie Robinson “MVDBP”

July 6, 2011

Yesterday, on behalf of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Major League Baseball, Clare Meehan was awarded as the recipient of the 5th Annual Jackie Robinson “MVDBP”(Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner) Award by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In recognition of the extraordinary contributions of Jackie Robinson we think it most befitting on this, the 64th Anniversary of Jackie breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, to recognize those Diverse Business Partners we believe reflect the character and commitment to excellence of Jackie Robinson.

Many people remember Jackie Robinson for his outstanding play on the baseball field. His Rookie of the Year Award, six consecutive All-Star appearances, an MVP award, six World Series appearances and Induction to the Hall of Fame are all testaments of his greatness on the baseball diamond. In addition, Jackie Robinson was also a forerunner of the Civil Rights Movement. He was a key figure in the establishment and growth of the Freedom Bank, an African-American owned and controlled entity, in the 1960s. In recognition of his accomplishments on/off the field, Robinson posthumously received a Congressional Medal of Honor in 2004 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984.

Dating back to 1947, Major League Baseball has been at the forefront of professional sports in recognizing the importance of diversity, both on and off the field. In 1998, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, authorized the creation of the DBP program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of Major League Baseball.

Congratulations, Clare!