The Herald Bulletin

Overnight Update

Opinion

April 7, 2013

Scott Underwood: THB projects reach out to community

The next few weeks will be a particularly busy time here at The Herald Bulletin, with three community projects related to sports.

  •  This Thursday, The Herald Bulletin will be a co-sponsor of a premiere showing of “42: The True Story of an American Legend,” at Mounds 10 Theatre. The premiere will be preceded by a reception at the mall, at which baseball memorabilia related to the careers of Jackie Robinson and Carl Erskine will be auctioned. Proceeds from the auction and ticket sales will benefit the Special Olympics.

“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.

  •  Beginning this week, The Herald Bulletin will provide coverage of and support for the annual Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament.

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.

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