The weather was perfectly bright and clear last Wednesday, setting the best possible stage for the unveiling of the statue of local and national sports icon Jackie Robinson at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Clad in a No. 55 jersey and old-school football helmet, Robinson’s newest statue depicts him engaging in a dramatic stiff-arm during what might be a kickoff or punt-return, for which the Major League Baseball Hall of Famer earned a reputation playing football at then-Pasadena Junior College (now Pasadena City College). That jersey number is what he wore as a footballer (in which he also played quarterback and safety) before breaking the race barrier in professional baseball. Continue reading “Jackie Robinson Statue Unveiled at Rose Bowl”
Kathy Larson, the advisory board chair for the Pasadena Salvation Army, admitted to sneaking out to the Rose Bowl Stadium the weekend preceding the organization’s Kettle Kickoff so she could set up one of the Salvation Army’s iconic donation kettles.
As she was approached by a gentleman while setting up, she thought he was probably one of the shoppers at the weekly flea market in the stadium. She had assumed he would, at best, empty out whatever loose change was in his pocket into the kettle. He instead slipped in a $20 bill.
“He said, ‘Salvation Army saved my life,’” Larson said, giving opening remarks for the Kettle Kickoff inside the same stadium last week. “There were probably 20,000 people in there that day, and I heard that three times. And they all put money in the kettle.” Continue reading “Community Fills Kettle at Salvation Army Kickoff”
Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization is hosting Drum Corps International at Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday, July 1, with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and Lone Star Percussion serving as presenting sponsors.
The event will feature more than 1,400 youth in performance with 12 drum and bugle corps, including seven of the nation’s top performing groups.
The event is part of the Drum Corps International Tour, a summer season of 100 events across the United States. The Drum Corps tour will return to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium, bringing a dynamic lineup of world and open class corps, and marking the biggest event of its kind in California. Pacific Crest is one of North America’s most renowned performing arts programs for youth. Its core program is a drum and bugle corps, one of the nation’s foremost ensembles of its kind. Continue reading “Top Marching Bands to Perform at Rose Bowl July 1”