BBYF Rising Freshman Treated to a Night at Joe T.’s

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation hosted a first-time event for its scholarship winners who have just graduated from high school, along with past winners that are attending the same colleges that the former will be heading off to this fall. These past and current scholarship winners were invited to be BBYF’s guests at a dinner held for them at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth on June 27th. Rising freshmen were seated with their future fellow alumni and had the opportunity to ask questions about the colleges they will be attending. Many of the students brought along parents, siblings, and friends, which resulted in a good-sized crowd for this inaugural event of about 65 attendees.

The evening was a great success, and it was decided by all present that the get-together should be a Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation tradition. Many of the college freshmen expressed their desire to return next year to share their insight with our 2014 graduated seniors!

Bobby Bragan and Jackie Robinson

Among the highlights of Bobby Bragan’s playing career was being a teammate of Jackie Robinson while they were both with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  This month the movie “42” brings Jackie’s story to a new generation and includes a portrayal of Bobby Bragan by actor Derek Phillips. 

Bobby is proud of the friendship he shared with Jackie and BBYF is proud that Bobby’s role in baseball history is chronicled in “42”.  "He made me a better man, and I was really grateful to him," said Bobby in an interview from the early 1990s. "We sat right next to each other at Mr. Rickey’s funeral."

Click “Read More” to hear Bobby talk about Jackie Robinson with Larry King.

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Plus, from time to time, we'll recall the wit and wisdom of the great Bobby Bragan.

2013 Scholarship Winners

Again this year the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has chosen 37 eighth graders to receive the promise of a $2,500 college scholarship. These outstanding youngsters were chosen from a record number of 226 finalists, representing 117 schools from 22 independent schools across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

“This year the selection process was particularly challenging,” said BBYF Scholarship Chairman Tracy Taylor. “Given the number of applications received, as well as their quality, the committee had to work even harder to select the eventual 37 scholarship winners. I can say that every applicant should be proud to have been selected to represent their school and to have had the chance to compete in this year’s scholarship competition.”

Click "Read More" to view the list of the 2012/2013 Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation scholarship winners.

2012 BBYF Lifetime Achievement Award Gala

Award-winning CBS newsman Bob Schieffer was honored Wednesday night with the 2012 Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

The audience at the Ridglea Country Club enjoyed an insightful interview of Bob by his brother Tom Schieffer. The two discussed growing up in Fort Worth and how they both became big baseball fans by attending games at LaGrave Field in the late 1940s.  Later, Bob shed light on behind-the-scenes moments from the just-completed presidential campaign as well as those from years past.

The crowd also applauded the 2013 graduating seniors who will head off to college next fall with a scholarship from the the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation. Each youngster won his or her scholarship in 2009 when they were eighth graders.

Also at the gala, attendees bid on exclusive items in the live and silent auctions, all to raise money for the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation. Click "Read More" for more photos.

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