Hello, my name is Jaclyn Evans. I am the Administrative Assistant for League 42 Foundation. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the love of baseball to the youth in our city.
On behalf of League 42, and our Executive Director, Bob Lutz, I am reaching out to the public to help us replace our beloved Jackie Robinson statue. Money donated will go directly to this cause. Any donations that exceed our goal will be put to use to fund our operational needs, including our four education programs.
A message from Bob Lutz:
League 42 tries to embody the spirit of Jackie Robinson, our namesake, who was born on this day, Jan. 31, 105 years ago. In 2021, we erected a lifesize statue of Jackie at our baseball complex inside McAdams Park in Wichita, Kansas. Recently, that statue was cut off just above Jackie’s shoe tops and stolen from its rightful place. It was found in disrepair and cannot be repaired As law enforcement searches for the culprits of this crime, we remain devoted to our mission of providing low-cost baseball and education opportunities for our 600 kids, ages 5-14. They are as heartbroken over this theft as any of us and we are determined to replace the statue. We also use donated funds to operate our facilities and education initiatives, which include Bright Lights, Passion Project, Bats and Badges and Full Count. We are devoted to helping our 600 kids in any way we can. We also are working to install better security around the statue area and new lights and artificial turf for two of our playing fields. Your donation will go toward a great cause. Thanks so much. — Bob Lutz
Below you will see photos of our great statue, before and after the vandalism and theft that rocked not only our league, but our entire community. We stand strong together.
Thank you for your support.