07.26.2022
Delaware North will donate profits back to Jackie Robinson Foundation
NEW YORK CITY and BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 26, 2022) – Longtime sports hospitality company Delaware North has been selected to operate the retail store at the Jackie Robinson Museum, which is scheduled to open July 26 at One Hudson Square in New York City.
 
Delaware North, a retail and hospitality partner at 11 Major League Baseball ballparks, will manage the store on a break-even basis – donating profits back to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
 
“We couldn’t think of a better partner than Delaware North, a first-class company with wide reach and a pioneer in the sports concessions industry,” said Della Britton, president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. “We are truly grateful for the company’s ongoing financial support and its shared passion for publicizing Jackie Robinson’s story through engaging retail offerings.”
 
The retail space within the museum will feature a wide variety of Jackie Robinson-affiliated products, including jerseys, hats, jackets, T-shirts, sweatshirts, collectables, books and souvenirs. Delaware North will also manage the online shopping experience, which is set to launch soon.
 
“Jackie Robinson made the world a better place – and as a company with a century of experience in the baseball industry, we are honored to support his foundation in its effort to preserve his legacy for generations to come at the dynamic Jackie Robinson Museum,” said Jamie Obletz, president of Delaware North Sportservice. “As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, it’s exciting to know that visitors soon will be able to visit the museum to learn more about his career and enduring legacy.”
 
The museum will explore Robinson’s phenomenal athleticism, courageous entry into Major League Baseball, and unwavering commitment to social justice and equal opportunity. It will be a prominent stop on existing cultural routes in New York City and a vibrant venue for lectures, concerts and other events for visitors of all ages.
 
For more information about the Jackie Robinson Museum and its operating hours, please visit www.jackierobinsonmuseum.org.

 

About Delaware North
Delaware North is a global leader in the hospitality and entertainment industry. The company annually serves more than a half-billion guests across four continents, including at high-profile sports venues, airports, national and state parks, restaurants, resorts, hotels and casinos. Building on more than a century of enduring partnerships and a commitment to local communities and sustainability, Delaware North’s vision is to delight guests by creating the world’s best experiences today while reimagining tomorrow. Learn more at www.DelawareNorth.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
 
About The Jackie Robinson Foundation
Since 1973, The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) has perpetuated the memory of its namesake through education, having provided to-date over $100 million in college scholarships and four years of programmatic support to talented young leaders to ensure success in college and develop their leadership potential. A new online platform, JRF IMPACT, shares JRF’s celebrated “42 Strategies for Success” mentoring curriculum with a broader college student population. With the opening in 2022 of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City, the Foundation will expand its mission and build on the Robinson legacy by educating and inspiring the general public around Robinson’s historic journey and the values embodied in his life story. Learn more at www.jackierobinson.org
 
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PHOTO CAPTION (top): Pictured from left to right: Marcelle Nance, director of retail for Sportservice; Alfred Rodriguez, Sportservice store manager for Jackie Robinson Museum; Lauren Marinaro, project analyst for Sportservice; LaTonya Johnson (“LJ”), VP and COO for the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Museum; Jamie Obletz, Sportservice president; Rick Matteo, director of retail for Sportservice; and Jeff Hess; VP of retail for Sportservice.
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