SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Mid-Westchester is hosting a lecture and book-signing featuring prominent author Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, and Kostya Kennedy, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated.
The authors will discuss their work and sign copies for residents from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Bendheim Performing Arts Center at the JCC.
Robinson has written several critically acclaimed books about her father. She’ll be signing “Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson,” and “Jackie’s Gift,” a true story about how their family developed a lifelong friendship with a neighboring Jewish family in Brooklyn. Her other works include the memoir “Stealing Home” and “Jackie’s Nine,” about her father’s core values.
Outside of her writing work, Robinson is an educational consultant for Major League Baseball, overseeing the character education program Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life, which provides students with strategies to overcome obstacles.
Kennedy will discuss and sign his best-selling book, “56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports,” the story of how the Yankee great captivated the nation during the turbulent time before World War II. Before joining Sports Illustrated, Kennedy was a writer at Newsday and contributed to The New York Times and The New Yorker.
Admission to the event is $5 for children ages 7 and up and $15 for adults. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides college scholarships, skills training and opportunities to disadvantaged students of color.