By Scott Underwood
The Herald Bulletin
— The next few weeks will be a particularly busy time here at The Herald Bulletin, with three community projects related to sports.
“42,” which opens nationwide Friday, has been well received by critics and much-anticipated by baseball fans and history buffs. The film retells the story of Robinson breaking the Major League Baseball color barrier in 1947 as the first black player since the 19th century. Harrison Ford portrays legendary Dodgers executive Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson.
Carl Erksine, of course, starred for the Dodgers, became friends with Robinson and later wrote a book about their relationship. Carl also has deep and personal connections to the Special Olympics. He has a special needs son, Jimmy.
Carl’s most recent book, “The Parallel,” recounts two great social movements of his lifetime: the racial integration of the country and Robinson’s role in it, and the Special Olympics movement.
The movie and reception are sold out.
Nick, an Anderson High School baseball player and part-time employee in The Herald Bulletin sports department, died at age 16 in a car crash in 2000. He had signed up as an organ donor and, in death, was able to help others live.
Each year, the tournament brings high school teams from Madison County together for competition,
while benefiting the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization and drawing attention to the life-and-death need for organ donors.
Look for coverage of the tournament in The Herald Bulletin and at www.theheraldbulletin.com throughout the tournament.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh conceived the Wilson Awards several years ago as a way to honor high school multi-sport athletes in an age of sports specialization. Each spring, local schools are invited to nominate a male and female athlete. Then a panel at The Herald Bulletin selects the winners based on athletic success and good standing in the classroom and as a citizen. The winning athletes receive scholarships.
This year, the awards luncheon will take place May 8 at Anderson Country Club.
The Wilson Awards, the premiere of “42” and the Muller Tournament each, in their own way, reach out to the community. We hope that one of these events will stoke your urge for community involvement.
Editor Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 640-4845.