2012 BBYF Scholarship Celebration

This year's Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation scholarship winners and finalists were honored Sunday, April 15th on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. This year saw a record 225 finalists who participated for the chance to receive a $2,500 scholarship--a 19% increase in participation over last year. Ultimately, 37 winners were chosen from the finalist pool.

Ivan Tolbert, a graduate of Fort Worth's O.D. Wyatt High School and Louisiana State University provided entertainment prior to the Celebration. Ms. Maria Sanchez, Assistant Superintendent, Secondary School Leadership for the Fort Worth ISD was special guest speaker.

This year's scholarship winners and finalists received a preview of what their high school experience will be like as they listened to a roundtable discussion with four Kennedale High School students, all of whom were past winners of a BBYF scholarship. Click "read more" to view more photos.

BBYF Board Member Co-Authors Robinson Memoir

Congratulations to Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation board member Paul Rogers on the publication of Eddie Robinson's memoirs, written by Paul in collaboration with Mr. Robinson.

Mr. Robinson was a four-time All-Star and played in two World Series. He later went on to work as general manager for the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves.

A book signing was held at SMU on Feb. 10 with Eddie, Paul, former American League President Dr. Bobby Brown, and Rangers' TV broadcaster Tom Grieve


Pickens Honored

Philanthropist T. Boone Pickens was honored at the 2010 Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on Nov. 18 at Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth. Gala attendees also remembered the life and legacy of Bobby Bragan as the evening marked the first Gala since the foundation's namesake passed away.

ESPN's Bobby Valentine served as the Gala's master of ceremonies and the 2011 graduating seniors were honored as well.

Thanks to all those who attend for a very special evening. Your support helps keep the foundation going strong and keeps Bobby's vision alive.

NEW! Bobby Bragan Retrospective

If it's possible to capture the Bobby's life and legacy in a six minute segment, this video does it. This tribute to Bobby's life was originally shown at the Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on Nov. 18, 2010.

It features Bobby Bragan stories from the likes of author Jeff Guinn, CBS' Bob Schieffer, Former American League President Dr. Bobby Brown, Maury Wills, Pacific Coast League President Branch Rickey III, and the late Carroll Beringer.

Click here to watch.




A Salute to Bobby

Oct. 30 would have marked Bobby Bragan's 93rd birthday. Bobby's birthday was always accompanied by a big celebration, including last year when the Lifetime Achievement Award Gala coincided with his 92nd birthday (pictured right with Jim "The Rookie" Morris and Bobby's daughter Cissie.)

It was always a big celebration because every year that Fort Worth was blessed with the presence of Bobby Bragan was a gift. Also, Bobby no doubt would have been thrilled to have celebrated his 93rd birthday on the same day the Texas Rangers posted their first-ever win in a World Series game.  From the very beginning in 1972, it would be difficult to find a bigger Rangers' supporter than Bobby.

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