Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson

Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson

Sharon Robinson

4.5.2010

Sharon Robinson

Sharon Robinson, vice chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, is an educational consultant to Major League Baseball and in this capacity leads "Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life," a multi-curricular character education program developed by Major League Baseball.

Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Robinson had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator, teaching at Yale, Columbia, Howard, and Georgetown Universities. She directed the "PUSH for Excellence" program founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson from 1985 to 1990. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Roberto Clemente Sports City Complex and is an accomplished author.

Among the literary works to her credit are: "Stealing Home," a memoir recounting her days growing up in the public eye; "Jackie’s Nine," a book for young readers about the nine heart-felt, hard-won values that helped her father achieve his goals; and the photographic biography "Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America."

Robinson received a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in 1973 and a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1976. She went on to receive a post-master’s certificate in teaching from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, and has honorary degrees from Medaille College (1998), Dowling College (2004), and Monmouth College (2005).

Author Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, discusses her new children’s book, "Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson," which tells the story of her father, who could not swim, walking out on a frozen pond to test the ice before his children went ice skating. Sharon Robinson is an educational consultant for Major League Baseball. She has written several other nonfiction books about her father, including "Promises to Keep" and "Jackie’s Nine."