The discussion, which featured alumni, a professor and a current student athlete, was held as part of 100th birthday tribute to Jackie Robinson.
Events include a panel about athletes, social justice and activism, a jazz concert featuring Arturo Sandoval and ceremonies at a basketball game.
The Bruins offered hitting and fielding instruction to veterans and hosted a barbecue at the team’s longtime home field, Jackie Robinson Stadium.
With players wearing number 42 on their helmets and Robinson’s iconic number 42 painted onto the Rose Bowl field, UCLA made the announcement between the first and second quarters of the annual crosstown rivalry football game.
UCLA announced today it is naming 22 recreation and athletics facilities in honor of Jackie Robinson, the legendary four-sport Bruin star who went on to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
This year Jackie Robinson’s autobiography, “I Never Had It Made,” is being read by thousands of incoming freshman and transfer students, faculty, staff and alumni as part of the six-year-old UCLA Common Book program.
The UCLA ceremony coincides with the 66th anniversary of Robinson's breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
The famous baseball player is known as “the greatest UCLA athlete of all time.”