LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — UCLA has named a conglomeration of athletic facilities after Jackie Robinson, the four-sport Bruins star who broke baseball’s color barrier.
The school announced Friday that 22 of its sports facilities will be collectively called the Jackie Robinson Athletics and Recreation Complex.READ MORE: One Crew Member Killed, Second Wounded After Alec Baldwin Discharges Prop Gun On Movie Set In New Mexico
“Jackie Robinson’s name and his legacy are an honor to this university, and to all the students and student-athletes who will continue to be inspired by his courage, dignity and grace,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “Jackie detested injustice, fought for civil rights and his spirit of breaking barriers has been and always will be a guiding force of UCLA past, present and future.”
The facilities include Pauley Pavilion, the Los Angeles Tennis Center, the J.D. Morgan Athletics Center and numerous pools and gyms on UCLA’s Westwood campus.READ MORE: Daina Monroe, 18, Shot And Killed Outside Her Inglewood Home Monday, Police Searching For Gunman
UCLA is honoring Robinson on the 75th anniversary of his arrival at the school. Robinson’s widow, Rachel, attended a naming ceremony at the school’s track and field stadium.
Robinson played baseball, football and basketball and ran track at UCLA from 1939-41.MORE NEWS: New Earthquake Research Unveiled On Great ShakeOut Day
The UCLA football team will wear Robinson’s iconic No. 42 on its helmets for Saturday’s game against Southern California at the Rose Bowl.