The Detroit Tigers are currently accepting submissions for the 18th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay & Poetry Contest. Now through February 28, middle and high school students from the metro Detroit area may enter the contest by entering an original work of art, an essay or a poem in honor of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.

On April 15, 1947, Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball during his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. As a way of celebrating the momentous and historic event, and keeping the memory of Robinson alive, the Tigers host an annual art, essay and poetry contest in his honor.

Contest criteria:
ART: Create an artistic expression that captures the spirit of Jackie Robinson's nine values of success: courage, determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice, commitment and excellence. Artwork can be a painting, drawing, or rendering, no larger than 22"x28."

ESSAY: Write an essay that chronicles, "How can one or more of Jackie Robinson's nine values of success help build peace and prevent conflict?" Essays should be typewritten, double-spaced and limited to one page.

POETRY: Write a poem that explores one-or-more of Jackie Robinson's nine values of success. Poems should be typewritten, double-spaced and limited to one page.

To enter, contestants must submit an original piece of art, an essay or poem by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014. An official entry form must accompany each submission. Items may be mailed or delivered to:  

Detroit Tigers, Inc.
Attn: Sam Abrams
2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

For more information, including the official entry form, visit tigers.com/education or call Sam Abrams at 313-471-2363.