Who was Jackie Robinson?: Today's Resiliency Play of the Day

Apr 20, 2020

“Baseball’s just a walk of life. Everything you do in this game you do in life, and everything you do in life you do in this game.” –Cal Ripken, Sr.

Sports have a way of teaching us life lessons sometimes without us realizing it. Today’s Ripken Playbook Play of the Day, inspired by the Healthy Choices, Healthy Children—Resilience Edition, focuses on how sports can teach you to be courageous in the face of adversity. 

One athlete who especially had to overcome adversity in sports is Jackie Robinson -- the first African American to play Major League Baseball. 

Check out this video to learn more about the incredible courage of Jackie Robinson! 



  • Paper
  • Pencil or Pen


  1. Research an athlete who had to overcome a challenge during their career. 
  2. How did they overcome this challenge to succeed? 
  3. What can you learn from the resiliency of this athlete? How can you apply it to your life?
  4.  Now, think of a time you felt challenged by sports
    1. What was the challenge?
    2. How did you overcome it?
    3. What did you learn from it? 
    4. How did this make you stronger moving forward?

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