New Jersey teachers win SABR grant to showcase Negro Leagues baseball

From Nicole Alliegro at the Randolph Reporter on July 10, 2013:

With a $1,000 grant and a lot of passion, enthusiasm and excitement, five educators from Randolph High School are launching an interdisciplinary unit on the influence of Negro leagues baseball.

In a truly collaborative effort, librarian Stephen Cullis, history teachers Daniel Austin and Ashley Kanya, English teacher Sonja Gutwerk, and physical education and health teacher David Poppy planned and designed a cross-curricular project that incorporates the study of Negro league baseball into the broader context of history, literature, health and sports. The grant was awarded by the Jerry Malloy Negro League Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research and was one of two in the nation.

“The whole thing [is] about all these people coming in from different subject areas with different strengths,” Cullis said. “Everybody added and contributed to a different aspect of how the importance of Negro league baseball fit in with whatever subject area they’re teaching.”

The unit will be most obviously included in history and law and government classes by examining how the Negro leagues—and the eventual integration of baseball—fits into discussions of civil rights, race relations, and culture.

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Originally published: July 12, 2013. Last Updated: July 12, 2013.