POSTED: April 16th 2016

LA 2024 General Counsel Brian Nelson recognized at Dodger Stadium in celebration of 13th annual Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Foundation Director Earvin
Jackie Robinson Foundation Director Earvin

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) LA 2024 General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Brian Nelson was recognized, yesterday, as one of the five distinguished alumni of the Jackie Robinson Foundation's (JRF) scholarship program. He was recognized at Dodger Stadium during a Major League Baseball (MLB) game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, which marked the 13th annual Jackie Robinson Day.

Nelson, along with his fellow alumni were recognized by JRF leadership, which included JRF President and CEO, Della Bretton Baeza; JRF Founder, Rachel Robinson; JRF Vice Chair, Sharon Robinson; and JRF Director, Earvin "Magic" Johnson. They were recognized for their how they embodied the Foundation's commitment to the ideals of civic engagement, equal opportunity, and humanitarianism.

Friday's Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium will mark the 13th annual Jackie Robinson Day, with LA 2024's General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Brian Nelson recognized as one of five distinguished alumni of the Jackie Robinson Foundation's (JRF) groundbreaking scholarship program.

"There is no better example of sport's power to inspire positive change in society than Jackie Robinson. I have seen the power of sport in my own life through Robinson's legacy that allowed me to pursue my education at two of the nation's premier academic institutions. It is a great honor to thank the JRF scholarship program as we celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium," expressed Nelson.

Nelson attended UCLA, where he earned his undergraduate degree and went receive a law degree from Yale Law School. JRF's scholarship program provided Nelson with mentorship and financial support, which allowed him to attend these leading academic institutions.

Nelson stated, "Robinson's commitment to humanitarianism and equal opportunity have greatly inspired me in my own work, and continue to shape the way I approach my work on behalf of the City of Angels' bid to bring back the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the United States for the first time in 28 years. And at LA 2024, I'm proud to work to grow the Olympic Movement, which powerfully advances the ideals of excellence, friendship, and unity in generations of athletes and sport fans alike." 

The JRF has provided motivated students of color with limited financial resources with college and graduate scholarships, along with leadership development opportunities for over 42 years.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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