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Kids honor Jackie Robinson in his hometown

CAIRO, GA (WALB) -

The Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club in Cairo honored the man the club is named for Tuesday.

Kids and parents played a softball game to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day which marks the anniversary of the day he broke Major League Baseball's color barrier. The Cairo native played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

Boys and Girls Club Board Member Nola Daughtry said, "He laid the foundation for our community and for our kids and the people in the community here, and we need to express that, our celebration of what he has done."

Sixth grader Zaria Washington was honored for winning an essay contest explaining how Robinson impacted her life.

The Boys and Girls Club in Cairo was officially named in Robinson's honor a year ago.

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