Babe Ruth Humanitarian Hero

Essay and Media Contest


Babe Ruth is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player ever, but he is not as well known for his work as a humanitarian, including his commitment to youth, philanthropy, and support of African Americans and other minority communities.

Inspired by Ruth’s humanitarian work, Keep St. Pete Lit, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Museum of History for the SunLit Festival (, have created an essay contest for Pinellas County High School students. Up to four students will be chosen to win $100 each, and may submit entries as a written essay, podcast or a short video. There will be awards in each category (essay and new media). Teachers of student winners will each receive a gift card of $50 to use for school supplies.

The topic? Tell the story of a time you stood up to injustice. What does it take to speak out about something you know is wrong? Has anyone ever stood up to help you or your family? What would you do to make a difference?

Please refer to complete details and submission instructions at, and be sure to review the links about Babe Ruth’s historical stands against injustice before starting your creative process.


There will be an official awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 17 at St. Petersburg History Museum during the SunLit Festival. Winning essays and digital media will be featured on the, and websites. Deadline for entry is midnight Thursday, March 15.

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