We had to get here eventually, didn't we?
Jackie Robinson never really had it easy.
His father left when he was young and he spent most of his childhood in poverty and aware of racial discrimination. Because of this, he even temporarily joined a gang.
However, his skill in sports, along with encouragement from his brothers, caused him to pursue sports, even lettering in four of them in high school: football, baseball, basketball and track.
Despite that, his troubles continued once he was drafted into the army. Robinson was court-martialed because of his race.
And as well all know, he faced discrimination in his professional career too once he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. Robinson wasn't allowed to stay with his teammates in the minors and entire games were called off because of him.
Once with the Dodgers, things didn't get any easier as his own teammates refused to play with him. Other teams derided him and played rough against him.
Jackie Robinson, however, was able to get past it and succeed. He didn't let his race and what others thought of it get him down.
He defied odds and pure hatred to become an inspirational symbol for people anywhere that one's mind is the strongest thing in the world. With it, anything becomes possible.