Cairo: Where Jackie Robinson's Story Began

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Almost 160 miles south of Macon, down in Cairo, Georgia, Jackie Robinson's legendary journey began.

The chimney is all that is left of the home where Robinson was born back in 1919. He only lived there for about a year before his family moved west to California in 1920.

"A woman, at that time, to take her family across the country took courage, and it showed Jackie that with determination that anything was possible," says Charles Renaud from Cairo.

By focusing on things like courage, determination, and teamwork, the local Boys and Girls Club 'Breaking Barriers' program uses Robinson's story to teach kids to swing for the fences.

For teamwork, I'm going to work together in my group, always show support, and for courage, I'm just going to keep my head up straight and do what I have to do," says nine-year-old Jakayla Smith.

Renaud adds, "It shows that if we all band together, we can do anything. It took courage for him to break that barrier. It's going to take courage for us to be able to give our kids better. If we put down racial and economic, political profiles, then anything is possible."

Though he couldn't even walk while he lived in Cairo, markers celebrating Robinson's big league journey remind people there to chase their own dreams, because as Robinson once said, "Life is not a spectator sport."

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