Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres will host a private screening of the movie "42" for 100 students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego on Thursday, April 25 at 5:45 p.m. at AMC Mission Valley 20. The students, ages 12-16, from nine Boys & Girls Club locations across San Diego, have access to the movie free of charge and can share their experience online via
. Everyone in attendance will be treated to popcorn and a drink. Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso will join the group for the screening, and will participate in a pre-screening Q&A session, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Alonso will raffle off his game-worn "42" jersey, worn on Jackie Robinson Day April 15, to one lucky student. He also will give away bats, baseballs, gloves and a pair of cleats. In addition, every student will receive a 5x7 autographed photo of Alonso.
"Jackie Robinson's courage and character moved not only baseball, but our country into a new era of hope, equality and redemption," said Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel. "42 is an artful and responsible portrayal of the very important story of Jackie and Rachel Robinson in 1947. We are proud to be able to share the experience of watching this film with local students, and hopeful that Jackie's legacy will impact their lives in the way it has impacted so many others."
"42 brilliantly depicts not only the proudest and most powerful event in baseball history, but also a watershed moment in American history and the Civil Rights Movement," said Commissioner Selig. "This film is a profound way for all of us throughout Major League Baseball to educate our next generation about Jackie Robinson's vital impact on our nation. I thank Thomas Tull and his colleagues for working with the Robinson family and allowing this enduring American story to be told to a worldwide audience. With our annual April 15th celebration, the wide-ranging efforts of all 30 Clubs and now this inspirational film, it is an honor for our industry to continue to shine a light on the vibrant legacy of Jackie Robinson."
The film is currently in theaters and stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Jackie to the team. Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, "42" is written and directed by Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland and is a Legendary Pictures Production. In its opening weekend, "42," which is available in more than 3,000 theaters nationwide, took in $27.5 million, marking the best opening weekend ever for a baseball movie according to multiple industry references.
Major League Baseball, in cooperation with all 30 MLB Clubs, is hosting private screenings of the film "42" for thousands of teenagers across the country and in Canada. All Clubs will select students in grades 8-12 from their respective communities to fill local theaters for the screenings.