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MARCH 5, 2016

A monument to Jackie Robinson, one of UCLA’s most celebrated alumni and the first player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, was unveiled at a campus ceremony as a lasting memorial to his shining legacy of courage, integrity and grace.

To honor him, Chancellor Block, Vice Chancellor Montero and other campus dignitaries gathered at the new monument with Robinson’s niece Kathy Robinson Young and alumnus Casey Wasserman, president and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation and chairman of LA 2024 Olympic bid committee. The monument was made possible by the generosity of the Wasserman Foundation.

Positioned in front of the John Wooden Recreation Center, the monument — a 42-inch-tall “42” in bronze mounted on a bronze base — displays a plaque emblazoned with one of Robinson’s most oft-quoted sayings: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”